Martial arts fitness is perhaps the single most comprehensive fitness there is.
The fitness you develop from a really good self-defense program covers aerobics, to strength training, to muscular endurance, to flexibility.
This might actually be the single best fitness system every invented.
What's so cool about that is you don't need any real equipment to work on your self-defense fitness.
Sure, if you want to get strong punches, you'll need something like a heavy bag, and if you're sparing, you'll need protective gear, but you can do without, in a pinch.
Although you don't really need anything to complement your self-defense workouts, doing other types of workouts can have a real synergistic effect.
You have to watch what types of workouts you do.
Regular weight training sessions, for instance, are probably not what you need.
Neither do you need to run five miles a day, everyday...
or any day.
You need a program that mimics what you do in your self-defense classes-short bursts of speed, lifting your body weight ten or more times, as you do in a sit up.
If you couple this type of workout with self-defense, your overall fitness will skyrocket, and you'll be in the best shape of your life.
The benefits from this type of fitness are enormous.
You'll protect yourself from cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and a host of other diseases associated with a poor lifestyle.
You'll feel better as you get into better shape with martial arts fitness.
You'll not only feel better, but you'll look better, too.
If you're thinking that martial arts fitness is just for young people, or folks under thirty, think again.
You can start doing martial arts at any age.
Not only can you start at any age, but you can benefit from martial arts fitness at any age.
If you've been doing combative arts for some time, then a structured approach to fitness can help you achieve new levels of expertise.
If you're on a plateau, working specifically on martial arts fitness can help you blow through the plateau.