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Give Yourself a Martial Arts Energy Boost!

All people go through periods when they feel tired and devoid of energy. Don’t let that stop you from attending your scheduled martial arts class and achieving all your daily goals. Here are some easy strategies to implement whenever you need a burst of energy. You can use them to keep your energy at its optimal level throughout the day!

1. Practice martial arts. According to the health experts at Parents Magazine, martial arts in particular is “a great way to clear your mind, rev up your circulation, and calm

your spirit.”

2. Exercise. Your active martial arts training causes your brain to release endorphins. In addition, it increases your circulation, relieves muscle tension, increases your intake of oxygen, and fires up your metabolism; all of which will give you more energy.

3. Get a massage. Massaging stimulates nerve endings, which increases blood flow (which increases energy).

4. Smell something good. Certain scents may increase your attention span and help you focus. Some suggestions to invigorate your senses: lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, mint, rosemary, and peppermint tea.

5. Drink plenty of fluids. Surprisingly, the most common reason that people feel tired is dehydration. Drink at least eight glasses of water every day. This is especially important before and after your martial arts training session.

6. Laugh out loud. This causes your brain to release endorphins, chemicals that help make you feel awake and refreshed.

7. Snack healthy. A snack that contains both carbohydrates and protein is a great combination to give you sustained energy. This allows you to operate at your full potential at the end of class as well the beginning.

8. Listen to music. The beat and rhythm will stimulate your brain, making you feel more alert. Music is a great way to psych yourself up for a great workout. Moving to the beat will have the added bonus of increasing your circulation. Why not combine your at-home practice sessions with some stimulating music?

9. Get up and stretch. This will improve circulation and relieve tension. Stretching is an essential part of martial arts before and after training.

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