Eaten too much chocolate and Christmas pudding? Want to get fit in a fun and interesting way?
Aikido is a great way to get fit and meet new people in a friendly and non-competitive atmosphere.
Health benefits include:
- Aerobic exercise is good for the heart and general fitness
- Increased blood flow stimulates the hippocampus, improving memory functions
- A whole body workout, especially leg and core muscles
- Learning new, synchronised movements strengthens neuromuscular junctions
- Improved posture and coordination
- Makko-ho stretches improve flexibility and were originally developed by a man rehabilitating after a stroke
- Learning Japanese words will also stimulate brain functions
- Practice teaches us to harmonise with other people
- Movements can be applied to everyday activity as well as self-defence
The above will help reduce the effects of aging and Aikido can be practiced by anyone at their own pace and level. I have trained with people with many varied disabilities and health problems including someone who was blind and someone rehabilitating from a stroke and there are many people practicing Aikido into their 70s and 80s. There are also numerous YouTube videos of people performing Aikido from a wheelchair so anyone really can do it and it’s never too late to start something new and improve your lifestyle. As a martial art, it’s also especially practical for women as it doesn’t rely on size and strength; my 5′ tall wife got her black belt last year.
See you on the mat this Thursday at 19:30 and remember only £5 pays for your first three classes!