6 Reasons to Join a Martial Arts Gym After COVID-19
Hey, COVID-19 sucks. It sucks hard and that's the truth. Stuck in your house, fiddling your thumbs, getting fat. It's not good for anybody. So, what are you going to do when it's over?
Well, first you are going to want to shed all those pounds you gained eating nonstop in your house for the last few weeks. What better way to do it than by going out and releasing all your pent-up energy? Go outside, go for a run, and maybe join a martial arts gym.
And here’s why.
1: It’s Time for Some Exercise
After weeks of lounging at home, devoid of social interactions, getting lazy and binge-watching shows from the 1990s, it is time to get some exercise. Maybe you had a lot of time to think about your life. Maybe you decided it is time to do something, to get fit and strong. Whatever the case, there is no better place to get a good quality exercise then at your local martial arts gym.
Not only are you going to learn crucial self-defence skills and a bit of martial arts, but you are also going to get the work out of your life. Many martial arts gyms are much more then training grounds for the next Bruce Lee. They offer intense workout sessions, life improvement courses, and boot camps to kick your butt into shape.
2: It’s Time to Be Social Again
One of the most negative impacts of COVID-19 is that it destroyed most of our social lives. For many, maybe they had some time during the shutdown to re-evaluate their friendships. Maybe some people decided it is time to make some new friends. And guess what? There is no better place to become part of a family and to make new lifelong friends than at the martial arts gym.
It's true. Your local martial arts gym is not just a place where people kick each other and lift weights. The friendships born in the martial arts gym often last a lifetime, as people develop strong bonds with their fellow warriors. After such grueling isolation, why not get out there and make some new lifelong friends?
3: Being Healthy is the Best Defence
This may not come as a huge surprise, but there will be another COVID-19 in our lifetime. Scientists say it is only a matter of time before another pandemic sweeps the world. Maybe 10 years, maybe 70 years. No one knows. But it is coming. So, how can a martial arts gym help you defend against it?
Because the absolute best defence against a new virus is a strong immune system, and the key to a strong immune system is a strong and healthy body. Joining a gym, getting fit, learning how to eat properly, and becoming friends with other health-minded people is a great way to prepare your body for the next time a virus attacks.
4: You won’t be the Only One
It is intimidating. Trust me, I know. You walk into a new, unforgiving jungle, there are sweaty men everywhere, punching bags, kicking each other in the guts, lifting weights and doing jumping jacks. It is an intimidating environment to enter. This is especially true when it is your first time and you are alone.
The good news is that if you are reading this article, you are probably not the only one. I would bet that once life resumes, many people will be seeking new and exciting opportunities in their local neighborhoods. And because martial arts are so captivating, I would bet my left foot that you won’t be the only new person signing up at your local gym. It is always less intimidating when you know there are other inexperienced people like you being fed to the wolves.
5: Give Back to the Community
I have been around martial arts gyms my whole life. My friends are boxers, I have friends who are amateur MMA fighters. I have been around it. And there is one thing I know for certain: Martial arts gyms our pillars of the local community. I have never once been to an event organized buy a local gym that was not supporting the community in one way or another.
Why is this so important? Well, after such a traumatic event it is extremely important to give back to the community, especially those less fortunate than others. And as a general rule, the local martial arts gym is always doing what they can to support local causes and give back to the community. Through charity events, outreach programs – you name it.
6: Martial Arts Breeds Leaders
It may sound cliché, but it's true. People who practice martial arts learn how to be strong leaders. Not only in their community, but also with their friends and family. After a worldwide disaster, it breeding more leaders feels like a good move. By surrounding yourself with strong role models, you yourself will become stronger and more prepared to face disaster in the future.
There has never been a better time to join a martial arts gym. Get into shape, learn some leadership skills, make new and interesting friends, and impress potential dates with all your new muscles. The ending of COVID-19 brings unlimited possibilities for you to start life anew. I can't think of a better place to do it than in a martial arts gym.