Karate is Better Than Fitness: Here is Why!

May 14, 2019

 

Here is a repost of an article from a website Wado Waza about a study done that shows martial arts is better than any other fitness activity. Here is the article:

 


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KARATE IS BETTER THAN FITNESS TO IMPROVE ADULTS’ REACTIVITY, STRESS TOLERANCE, AND ATTENTION


Posted on 24/04/2019 by Riccardo Rita in Karate, Martial Arts


A study published on the Journal of Sport and Health Science in 2016 and disseminate by sciencedirect.com website compared two different training methods’ effectiveness on older adults’ cognitive functions: traditional karate training versus normal western fitness training. Here is a summary of this scientific study, which, for those wishing to learn more, can be fully consulted going to the following link: Comparing the effectiveness of karate and fitness training on cognitive functioning in older adults — A randomized controlled trial.

BACKGROUND
Recent studies demonstrate a slowdown in deterioration of cognitive functioning in old age through aerobic training. There is evidence that the combination of aerobic, balance, and coordination exercises leads to an improvement or maintenance of cognitive functions. Such age-related exercises can especially be found in East Asian martial arts. The purpose of the current study is to verify whether karate training for older adults improves cognitive functioning and, if an improvement can be found, which cognitive fields are influenced.

METHODS
Eighty-nine older women and men (mean age: 70 years) participated in this study. The participants were randomized into 2 intervention groups (karate group and fitness group, duration of intervention: 5 months) and a control group. All participants had to accomplish a cognitive test battery before and after the intervention. In a secondary study the karate group had an additional intervention for another 5 months.

RESULTS
The results show that there is a significant improvement in motor reactivity, stress tolerance, and divided attention only after the 5-month karate training period. Additionally, the results of the secondary study indicate further improvements after 10 months.

CONCLUSION
The 5-month karate training can help to enhance attention, resilience, and motor reaction time, but a training period of 10 months is even more efficient.
 

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