I think it's been long enough that the term "comfort zone" can be officially declared a cliché. Just sayin'.
This article tells us how practical self defense training is among the best of all exercises. For example, one exercise I do is sprint as fast as I can from one part of a room to another, or up and down stairs or whatever, as though moving in on an aggressor, and do blocking and striking movements with my arms as I'm moving; I also start and stop, change direction, and so on. Because of the principle of specificity, this is all done full speed and full force to make the training practical. I get exhausted and have to quit in under a minute, rest a little, and do it again. Several sessions like that are a good workout.
Fast walking mixed with bursts of sprinting are better exercise and self defense training than simply walking or jogging at an even pace. And varying the terrain also makes the exercise better training as well as better exercise. Up and down hills, staircases, deep sand, city streets, country trails, over and around playground equipment, and so on. Kids' games like tag involve that kind of running, and it's always good to have interaction with kids, and it might also make them better able to avoid a kidnapping attempt.
I'd like to see some exercise experts come up with an article on workouts using playground devices that are commonly found in public parks.
No reason to go to a gym for the kind of training this article talks about. Unless you just want to. All I go to a gym for is weights.
- 5/27/2014 11:07:20 AM