Does Training Muay Thai Have Mental Benefits?
Most people hit the gym or put in the roadwork for cardiovascular health, build muscle, and of course to get a pleasing physical appearance, but physical exercise has plenty of mental benefits, too. Regardless of your age or fitness level, studies show that making time for exercise provides some serious mental benefits as well as physical.
Have you ever seen a physically aesthetic person out running, or at the gym lifting weights or running the treadmill and wondered why they are there if they are already in shape? This is where the therapy kicks in.
Regular exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. It can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood.
Muay Thai in particular will be one of the most interactive total body workouts you will ever have and will leave you feeling euphoric and eager for your next session. Students can burn 1000-calories-per-hour on average and will be a much more engaging workout than visiting a commercial gym full of people with headphones and an aura of self-importance. Read my previous article on reasons why you should start training Muay Thai for more information.
I see martial arts as moving forms of meditation. When you’re sparring or drilling techniques, you can’t think of anything else. – Joe Rogan
As Joe Rogan puts it, training martial arts is a form of meditation for many. When you’re involved in a class and engaging with people on the same journey as you, as your coach displays a technique and calls time for the class to drill the technique, nothing else can enter your mind other than perfecting that technique there and then.
For many, this is a short-term escape from reality; therapy, if you will, but at the same time it is an intense physical exercise which releases endorphins that boost mental state and battle unhealthy habits for an overall more confident, healthier and happier way of life.