Martial Arts for Middle-Age Health – WebMD

Middle-aged martial arts students are in better shape than their sedentary peers, research shows.

March 25, 2004 — Tired of treadmills? Apathetic about aerobics? Forget about them. For get-up-and-go, try soo bahk do instead.

Soo bahk do is a martial art. Think of it as a cross between karate and tai chi. Better still, think of it as an alternative to the types of exercise more traditional for Americans.

A small study shows that middle-aged martial arts students are in pretty darn good shape compared with their couch-potato peers. In fact, the study shows that these soo bahk do students are getting all the exercise workout they need. The report by Peter Douris, EdD, and colleagues at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, N.Y., appears in the current issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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