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Health benefits of Jiu Jitsu after you’re 40.

Atualizado: 30 de Jul de 2020

Health benefits of Jiu Jitsu after you’re 40.

Ensure your well-being, quality of life and health after you turn 40 years old with all these benefits of practicing Jiu Jitsu.

After the age of 40 our hormones start to decrease, reducing our energy and vitality, our body starts to complain about not supporting an exercise load as strong as before and the injuries take longer to heal. Doing physical exercise after 40 improves functional capacity, mental health and cognitive performance resulting from the aging process, in addition to helping to protect the body against changes related to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other degenerative diseases. Therefore, it is exactly at this age that we should avoid sedentary lifestyle and seek to maintain a healthy and active body. Through the practice of physical activities, and a physical activity that delivers a series of health benefits after 40 and for any age is Jiu Jitsu, the gentle art.

Health benefits of Jiu Jitsu after 40

In contrast to weight training, which has a fixed routine and works with specific muscle groups, Jiu Jitsu works various parts of the body simultaneously, which brings a series of benefits for post 40 that greatly improve well-being and the quality of life of its practitioners:

  1. Caloric loss and body definition;

  2. Increased stamina;

  3. Decrease in cardiorespiratory problems;

  4. Restoring flexibility and balance;

  5. Stress reduction;

  6. Improved sleep quality.

Calory loss and body definition

The warm-up and combat exercises of Jiu Jitsu, which are mainly aerobic, functional and strength of the arms, hips, abdomen and legs, accelerate the metabolism by improving the cardiovascular and respiratory functions. The acceleration of metabolism causes you to lose about 550 calories per class. Result: Less fat and greater body definition for your body that starts to lose muscle mass after reaching the 40s.

Increased physical endurance

The loss of physical endurance is quite normal for those who are over 40, especially for those who have a sedentary life and Jiu Jitsu is a formidable tool to reverse this process. Workouts, from warm-up to combat, are physically exhausting. Wear that over time improves physical conditioning, tones muscles and increases physical endurance, making you improve your sporting, everyday and professional performance.

Decreased cardiorespiratory problems

The weight loss resulting from aerobic and strength training in Jiu Jitsu that improves your physical condition also contributes to the reduction of cardiorespiratory problems. Thus, the practice of Jiu Jitsu is recommended for individuals over the age of 40 and for those who have cardiovascular or respiratory problems due to their sporting characteristic of healthy living, which even leads their practitioners to reduce and even stop smoking and drinking. Habits that reduced or eliminated greatly reduce the risks of cardiac arrest and the worsening of cardiorespiratory diseases.

Restoring flexibility and balance

After the age of 40, the aging process leads to muscle loss, joint stiffness and loss of flexibility and balance and the consequent risk of falls and increased injuries. Because Jiu-Jitsu is an art of hand-to-hand combat, it requires flexibility and balance for a good execution of blows and falls. In this way, its practice restores flexibility and balance in a short period of training, reducing the occurrence of injuries and increasing the level of physical and emotional well-being.

Stress reduction

Jiu Jitsu really helps in reducing stress. This is because the purpose of this martial art is not limited to physical exercise as it is in sports and individual physical activities. Jiu Jitsu is a physical fight whose victory is the result of a good theoretical and practical knowledge of the strokes. Learning that requires a high level of concentration, a mental attitude that distracts the mind and leads you to forget about the constant problems of everyday life. Therapy that eliminates stress by strengthening the body and mind in a playful way.

Anxiety control

Jiu Jitsu allows you to control adrenaline and anxiety by teaching you how to stay calm when you are taken out of your comfort zone in situations of combat with opponents bigger and stronger than you. Pressure and fatigue situations similar to facing daily events in your personal and professional life where anxiety control is essential for quick, well thought out and assertive responses.

Improved sleep quality

Some men and women after the age of 40 experience a lack of energy and exaggerated tiredness caused by hormonal fluctuations cause superficial and non-restful sleep even if they sleep eight hours a night. A sensation known as “the fatigued 40s”.

If this is happening to you, make sure that regular Jiu-Jitsu training will help you. After an exhausting physical activity, the release of hormones that help us to go into deep sleep increases, a defense of the body that will improve the quality of sleep.

So, if you are over 40, get out of sedentary lifestyle and start practicing Jiu Jitsu to sleep well, wake up in a good mood, full of energy and with a good self-esteem. Jiu Jitsu for being a combat sport in which the technique overlaps the physical factor can be practiced by people of all biotypes, weights and ages due to its adaptability, especially for 40 year olds.

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