A martial art practiced in the East for many centuries. I was really surprised to see how many calories it could burn up!
You will burn 937 calories per hour!
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. It is also used as part of South Korean military training for every soldier. It is famous for its employment of kicking techniques, which distinguishes it from martial arts such as karate or certain southern styles of Kung Fu.
Today, over 70 million people in 188 countries practice Taekwondo. 4 million of them are black belters. It’s not only focused on physical activity, but it also relies on concentration, combat philosophy and self-defense.
According to LiveStrong, there are many benefits:
“A typical Taekwondo class involves dynamic punching and kicking drills, blocks, core-strengthening exercises and stretches. You’ll build stamina and strength through such active movements.
For younger children, learning and practicing the poomsaes — specific patterns of defense and attack movements — leads to better motor skills and body control.
A 2014 study published in Sports Medicine noted that Taekwondo athletes demonstrate high peak anaerobic power, flexibility — especially in the legs and hips — high dynamic upper- and lower-body strength and good core endurance.”