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Does Exercise make you HAPPIER?

Posted: May 16, 2019

The old adage “money can’t buy happiness” might not be true if you buy a treadmill, hire a personal trainer or sign up for a gym membership.

A new study published in The Lancet explored the connection between exercise and mental health. The researchers analyzed data from more than 1.2 million adults and found that those who got regular exercise experienced less stress, depression and emotional turmoil than sedentary adults.

It’s the latest research to find a connection between exercise and happiness — but the study published in The Lancet had an interesting twist: Researchers found active adults were just as happy as sedentary adults who earned $25,000 more per year.


4 Benefits of Martial Arts for Children with ADHD

Posted: April 04, 2019

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a common condition exemplified by impulsiveness, hyperactivity and inattention, according to the Child Development Institute. Because many children diagnosed with ADHD have a short attention span and struggle with socializing and emotional control, a lot of parents don’t know what sorts of extracurricular activities will be enjoyable for their child without adding extra stress. Martial arts is known to be an activity that children with ADHD can not only enjoy, but use to help ease the symptoms of this disorder. Here are a few reasons you should consider enrolling your child with ADHD in a martial arts class:

IT’S AN INDIVIDUAL SPORT

ADDitude Magazine spoke with the athletic director at Summit Camp for Youth with Attention Deficit Disorders, Robert Giabardo. He said that team contact sports are one of the worst activities you could enroll a child with ADHD in.


The Ultimate Key to Widening Your Martial Arts Abilities: Meditation

Posted: March 19, 2019

Meditation has a wide array of proven positive effects: from reducing stress to improving one’s physical and mental health. Throughout history, meditation has always been a key element in mastering the techniques behind the martial arts.

Research has demonstrated how the two coincide, and how each can lead to an improvement in the other. By making meditation a daily routine, you will slowly begin to see results in multiple aspects of your life, your martial arts abilities included!

 


'Why Taking Up Taekwondo In My 40s Was The Best Thing I Ever Did'

Posted: February 12, 2019

Am I having a near mid-life crisis? Is that what this is? Is this the equivalent of (*gulp!) buying a Harley or red sports car and dating a hot blonde?

All of this and more (MUCH more) is what went on in my busy brain when I decided to take up martial arts in my 40s – specifically taekwondo and specifically right after I turned 4-Ohhhhhhhh.

For five years I had sat on the sidelines watching my son Lucas, 10, progress through the ranks of Taekwondo Central’s membership.


9 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Posted: January 22, 2019

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