Body combat can be considered as a therapeutic practice that helps to release tension, while toning the muscles of the body, providing a double benefit for those who practice it. 

When we feel stressed, normally what we most want is to hit anyone who crosses our path, but that can cause us a problem. That is why in gyms there is a new discipline that helps us release tension. We are talking, of course, about the Body Combat .

This exercise consists of punching and kicking the air, while the monitor prompts you to think of all those people for whom you feel a certain aversion, so that you hit harder and this sport is more effective.

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Body Combat: A young sport

In 2006, martial arts expert Natalie Leivas decided to combine aggressive exercise and music. It all started in New Zealand, with the mixture of tai-chi, kick boxing, karate, boxing and full contact, but unlike all these sports, in Body Combat the blows are thrown into the air. This is why it is not about personal defense, there is no contact with other people.

The choreographies of this discipline are universal. A group of experts is dedicated to creating them, so in any gym in the world that teaches this modality the classes will be the same. The same songs are held for a while so that once you get the exercise under control, you can focus on working it harder.

What benefits does Body Combat bring us?

In Body Combat all muscle groups are worked , although the upper ones (arms, shoulders, abs and back) are given more importance. Experts recommend following these classes for at least three days a week, and complementing it by practicing other types of exercises that do not work the upper muscles as much. Thus, you will get cardiovascular benefits thanks to aerobic exercise.

By practicing Body Combat you will feel better both physically and mentally, as it improves coordination, strength, flexibility, muscular endurance and balance. In addition, if you follow some type of diet it helps you with weight loss thanks to its aerobic exercises. It also helps to reduce stress and increase feelings of well-being and high self-esteem.

This exercise is recommended if, in addition to doing sports, you want to have fun and release tension. Their music never stops, and if you find one of those gym instructors worth your time, it will make the class much more enjoyable by prompting you to think about those people who ever drive you crazy. And even if you leave class the first day without being able to move a muscle, if you are constant you will feel more relaxed and you will feel better.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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