Muay Thai is a national sports of Thailand that use various techniques like punching (Chok) , elbow (Ti sok), kicking (Te), knee (Ti Khao), foot-thrust or literally “foot jab” (Thip), clinch and neck wrestling (Chap kho) and defense against attacks. In these techniques you can get a lot of benefits to your health. Here are some benefits:
1. Increase Cardiovascular Conditioning – This is one of the benefits you can get performing Muay Thai. It will increase your cardiovascular conditioning because of its intense physicality–the fast and snappy swinging of the hips and limbs during strikes. It will help you to burn calories, your blood pressure like lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) and boosts your HDL ( good cholesterol).Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger and healthier, if you live an active life like doing Muay Thai. Active people are nearly half as likely to get heart disease as people who aren’t active.
2. Increase Agility – There are two main types of agility: Prescriptive and Reactive. Prescriptive agility is good for beginners, warm-up drills and learning new footwork patterns. Wherein you need to plan and creates sequenced agility patterns. It will allow fighter to develop the certain physiological mechanisms to enhance swift acceleration position and rapid deceleration of the body’s inertia. Reactive agility is an advanced technique to enhance fighter to effectively change direction in response to an extrinsic stimulus. The fighter must process the information received and accommodate accordingly in the most efficient way. The benefits of agility training are to increased body control resulting from a concentrated form of kinesthetic awareness.
3. Leg Strength – Kicking is one of the important techniques in Muay Thai. They normally use some part of lower leg from shin to foot to kick. Muay Thai kick techniques will lead to increased fat loss, which is also partly caused by the release of hormones you get when training legs. Your leg muscles are so large that this hormonal response can even help you build upper-body muscle mass.
4. Stress relief – This is the most important benefit Muay Thai can provide. It will help athlete or fighter to release their stress in playing these sports. Due to the fast-paced nature of the sport, you can’t trouble yourself with worry while training. Practicing a Muay Thai allows you to focus on yourself and nothing else. By doing something regularly that detaches you from the daily grind helps you become a happier and more carefree individual.