Health Tips For Amateurs In MMA The MMA Corner Staff September 6, 2019 News Mixed Martial Arts And Mixed Physical Results Balance is the key to being effective at martial arts. Body and mind must be balanced through technique and repetition. These things are solidified and made perfect through regular sparring. But to get to a place of balance isn’t something that comes overnight. You’ve got to work for it, and that can be quite difficult. The human body can take more punishment than many people realize, but simultaneously, if you push it too hard too fast, recovery will outpace the gains you make. See, your body is designed such that if you keep doing something, what your mind purposes your body will conform to—within limits. But those limits may not be as limited as scientists think. You’ve likely heard apocryphal stories of mothers who lift a car to retrieve a trapped baby. These aren’t folk tales, there are documented cases. The human body, like an ant, can lift many times its weight through adrenaline and spirit. However, such energy bursts drain a person and require a long recovery. In MMA, you don’t want to recover for weeks, but days. Essentially, you want to eat the right foods and exercise regularly. Practice, spar, hit that punching bag with your legs and your arms, do push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, and jog. Try different techniques. Learn varying eastern defense techniques—Karate, Tae-Kwon-Do, Ninjutsu, etc. Altogether these exercise and diet actions can be key in helping you flourish at your peak, reaching a balanced maximum plateau, but there’s more. You’re Going To Get Injured Firstly, you need to accept the fact that you’re going to get injured at some point. You’re likely going to hurt your feet or ankles. Certainly, it’s possible to break your arms or elbows, and elbows are also a big candidate for injury, but your footing is probably going to be your least “graceful” aspect if you’re a beginner. Accordingly, that’s where injuries will be. Footwork is key in boxing, in MMA, your feet are additional fists dancing around beneath your torso. Ideally, you want to learn moves with your body that are so effective you can execute them without concerted mental effort, and again, that’s not going to come without some injury; probably in your feet. If you’re in Oregon, these Portland orthopedic doctors can help. If you’re in Ocean NJ foot and ankle surgeons can be effective there, too—generally, find yourself some regional support options that you can put to good use. Where do you live, what kind of medical options are in that area, and what kind of insurance do you have? To get beyond amateur status in MMA, it’s going to take months at a minimum, years in all likelihood. Lift weights and work out. Stretch regularly. Increase your muscular capacity and flexibility as much as it’s feasible to given where you started from. Spar as much as you can, too. Watch your caloric intake, and try to eat foods which won’t make you sluggish. Also, cut back on vices like smoking or drinking—even if this is done in a “medicinal” sense. Don’t Take Out Loans, Directly Or Indirectly Dopamine develops from strong physical activities. You will achieve a “high” from your efforts sparring with other MMA enthusiasts. Try to make that a surrogate for whatever other vices dominated you beforehand. Certainly, you can reach new heights with varying substances, but if they’re not natural, you’re just giving your body injury “debt” that will be recouped later. There are no shortcuts in life, there are only illusions and lies. If you see someone get somewhere quick without the effort necessary to be there, they’ve taken out a loan either directly or metaphysically, and they’ll have to pay the piper at some point. So lastly, don’t give up. It may take a while for you to transcend amateur status, but this can be done reliably.