Stress affects millions of people worldwide. The statistics show that in the UK almost 74% of people report feeling overburdened or overwhelmed by stress. It is true that we face stress everywhere in our life: at work, educational institutions, banks, shops, gyms and the list can go on and on.
While stress can enhance productivity for some individuals, living in a permanent ‘fight-or-flight’ mode can be harmful to others.
That is why we tend to look for stress busters and Muay Thai can be one more great way to fight blues and stress. Muay Thai is the art of eight limbs and just a fun and effective way of boosting physique and mental health.
Five stress-fighting strategies Muay Thai has to offer
1Acts as destructive therapy
Have you ever heard of rage or anger rooms? These are rooms designed for people to blow off their emotions and express stress. There you can destroy and crash everything that is on your way.
Muay Thai can be an excellent variety of destructive therapy as you will be able to kick and punch with all your limbs. Practising Muay Thai provides an opportunity to safely and appropriately release any built-up anger or frustration. During class, you can execute punches, kicks, elbows, and knees, while acquiring new techniques, as a way to dispel your worries.
Breathing and stress come hand in hand. Almost 75% of people who suffer from anxiety have disordered breathing.
Muay Thai is the perfect way of improving your breathing efficiency. Regular exercise can make your lungs and heart stronger. The study proves that Muay Thai athletes have high respiratory function levels and muscle strength.
Thus, you may reap the benefits of improved breathing and ease of stress by taking regular Muay Thai classes.
3Increases levels of ‘happy’ endorphins
Research has shown that exercising releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural ‘happy chemicals.’ During moderate or high-intensity exercise, the brain releases endorphins dopamine and serotonin, which can help to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and improve the overall sense of well-being.
Practising Muay Thai can fall under the category of high-intensity exercise, which can lead to the release of endorphins. According to the study’s lead author, Dr. Ben Singh, physical activity reduces mild-to-moderate symptoms of depression, psychological stress, and anxiety 1.5 times more than medication.
4Enhances the quality of sleep
Sleep deprivation exacerbates stress and 21% of adults report feeling more stressed when not getting enough sleep.
Practising Muay Thai involves a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercises, which can help to use up any excess energy in the body. This exhaustion can make it easier for the body and mind to wind down at bedtime, resulting in improved sleep quality.
Studies have shown that exercise can have a positive impact on an individual’s sleep quality, particularly as they age. Moderate to vigorous intensity exercise, such as Muay Thai, can lead to better sleep quality, which in turn contributes to better overall health. Getting quality sleep is also one of the most effective ways to manage stress levels, and practising Muay Thai can help in achieving that goal.
5Helps alleviate muscle tension
Stress can cause muscles to become tense, which can lead to tightness and cramping in the long run. Fortunately, practising Muay Thai can help alleviate this tension. During warm-ups and training, the various techniques used in Muay Thai can stretch the muscles and help release tension.
Additionally, the intense exercise involved in Muay Thai can improve blood flow, nutrient delivery, and oxygenation to the muscles. Stretching exercises like those used in Muay Thai can help to lower stress levels and reduce the negative effects of muscle tension on the body.
Sum it up
Stress is a common issue in our modern lives, and finding ways to manage it is crucial for our overall well-being. Muay Thai can be an excellent stress buster. The benefits of Muay Thai go beyond physical fitness, and it can help alleviate stress and promote overall well-being. By serving as destructive therapy, improving breathing efficiency, releasing endorphins, improving sleep quality, and reducing muscle tension, Muay Thai provides a holistic approach to stress management. Incorporating Muay Thai into your routine can be an effective way to combat stress and improve your mental and physical health.
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Dr. Tracey Marks is a psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. On her channel, she teaches you about mental health issues and self-improvement.
The video below discusses the signs of stress your body may exhibit. Watch this video if you are willing to examine whether your body is under pressure and you think your symptoms are related to something else.
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