Get Moving With Martial Arts

Get Moving With Martial Arts

According to the CDC, a staggering 25% of U.S. adults are considered physically inactive. The health repercussions of not getting enough physical activity can be severe: obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer. Of course, the benefits of physical activity are numerous including a decreased risk of chronic disease, improved mental health, and better sleep to name a few. Bottom line, as adults, we need to get moving.

There are several reasons adults don’t exercise. The most cited reason is a lack of time. Also noted are a lack of support or lack of desirable options. Let’s face it, the idea of spending half an hour on a treadmill isn’t exactly inspirational.

So, what can adults do to get moving that’s fast, effective, and includes a positive and supportive community?

Martial arts training is an ideal solution. Surprisingly, only 5% of adults have ever trained in a martial arts discipline. With so many benefits, we want to do our part to share our passion for mixed martial arts training and grow that number.

There are a variety of physical, social, and emotional benefits to training in martial arts. Need to loose weight? Want to feel stronger? Could you use a confidence boost? Is a lack of accountability crippling your progress? Regardless of what your fitness goals are, you can completely transform your life with martial arts training. We’ll show you how!

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Ready to become part of the 5% of adults that consider themselves martial artists? It’s time to get moving and start getting the results you deserve. At Invictus, we help you do just that! And it’s easy to GET STARTED.

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Make Any Workout More Effective

Make Your Workouts More Effective

We’ve all been there. We start out with the best intensions, come up with a goal, and a plan, and commit to getting in better shape. But then something happens. We get injured. We don’t see the results we expected. We get discouraged. Sometimes, we even quit.

So, how do you make sure to stay on track with your fitness goals?

We’ve come up with some simple tips to make your workout more effective, maximize your results, and minimize your chances of injury.

Always make sure you warm up first. According to Mayo Clinic, a warm-up should last around 5 minutes. Warming up helps prepare your body for aerobic activity and lowers your risk of injury.

Fueling your body before a workout is just as important. Protein is one of the most important nutrients. The recommended dietary allowance is 56 grams per day for men and 46 grams per day for women. While this may sound like a lot, and you may not be a fan of protein shakes or bars, there are several foods that are excellent sources of protein.

Some examples include:

  • 1/2 salmon fillet – 30g
  • half a chicken breast – 26g
  • 3 ounces of lean beef – 25g
  • 7 ounces of greek yogurt – 20g
  • 2 eggs – 12g
  • 2 ounces of almonds – 12g
  • 1/2 cup of lentils – 9g
  • 1 cup quinoa – 8g

Above all, always listen to your body while exercising. Pace yourself and be patient. You will continue to get stronger and more resilient over time. Prioritize cooling down after you workout. A cool down activity can take as little as 5 to 10 minutes. Walking, yoga, or static stretching are great options. This will speed up your muscle recovery and reduce soreness.

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Make Your Workout More Effective

Ready to put these tips into practice and start getting the results you deserve? At Invictus, we help you do just that! And it’s easy to GET STARTED.

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Get Your Kids To Eat More Veggies

Parents, we’ve all been there. Despite our best efforts to encourage healthy eating, we still struggle to ensure our kids are getting enough vegetables in their diet. Most parents understand the importance of providing a wide variety of vegetables for their kids to enjoy; however, getting them to actually eat those vegetables is typically easier said than done.

According to the CDC, 90% of children (ages 2-18 years) aren’t eating enough vegetables. In fact, only 2% of teens are getting their recommended servings of daily veggies.

So, what’s a parent to do? When it feels like you’ve tried everything and the temptation to give up is stronger than the desire to stick it out, give these mealtime hacks a try instead:

Lead By Example

That’s right. As parents, we can’t just talk the talk, we have to walk the walk, too. We can offer our kids nutritious meals and encourage them to eat more veggies all we want, but if our behavior doesn’t match what we’re asking of them, they will notice.

In fact, a recent study out of the University of Michigan proved that it’s less about mealtime conversation and verbal encouragement and more about exhibiting the desired mealtime behavior. So, do the work, and lead by example.

Get Them Involved

Involving kids in meal-time decisions can help give them a sense of control. Meal planning and grocery shopping are great activities to invite your kids to participate in. This is also a great way to discover which vegetables they like best and even encourage trying something new. When it comes to meal prep, letting them pick how they want their vegetables prepared (raw or cooked) is also a simple way to get them involved.

Another great idea is planting a small vegetable garden. When kids are involved in where their vegetables come from, they’re more likely to be open to trying them.

Repeated Exposure

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests the getting kids to eat their veggies mostly comes down to repetition. This means that the more you expose your child to vegetables, the more likely they will eat them.

Be consistent. Offer at least a small serving of veggies at every meal. Even if they only take a few bites, that’s more than they would have eaten otherwise and they’ll be more likely to try again at their next meal.

It’s All About The Pairing

Let’s face it, if kids have the option of eating pizza or broccoli, they’re probably going to eat the pizza first. And once they fill up on their favorite foods, they won’t be hungry enough to eat their veggies.

Consider pairing the veggies with a less desirable main dish that the kids still enjoy but isn’t quite as popular. Get creative! veggies don’t just have to be a side to the main course. If pizza is the go-to dinner of choice, why not add some veggie toppings? Another great strategy is offering veggies before dinner is ready. When kids are hungry, they’ll eat more, even if that means eating foods they normally wouldn’t.

 

Ready to get your kids active and do something good for their health? Try a martial arts training session at Invictus!  Which class below are you most curious about?

Preschool ages 3-5 (CLICK HERE)

Kids ages 6-12 (CLICK HERE)

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Fight Fatigue With Martial Arts

Fight Fatigue With Martial Arts

If you’re currently hitting the snooze button multiple times every morning, walking around like a zombie during the day, reaching for the nearest energy drink to get you through the afternoon, and unable to unwind and get good quality sleep at night, you’re not alone. Fatigue is a common complaint for many adults. General fatigue is caused by several issues including: poor sleep, poorly managed stress, poor diet, poor life/work balance, and yes…poor fitness habits.

It may sound counterintuitive, but experts agree that expending energy by engaging in regular exercise actually pays off with increased energy over time. This is because regular exercise raises blood oxygen levels and increases endorphins, which helps us feel more energized.

So, which are the most effective exercises at increasing oxygen in the blood and boosting energy? It turns out, aerobic training, like mixed martial arts, is best!

Here are three ways to fight fatigue with martial arts:

Focus On Cardio

Training in mixed martial arts is fantastic for  cardiovascular strength building and endurance. Martial arts drills that incorporate bag or pad drills are great for developing enhanced aerobic and anaerobic respiration.  Additionally, mixed martial arts is great for increasing stamina and endurance. The best martial arts training sessions start with a warm-up designed to get your heart pumping and your muscles conditioned. Additionally, sparring drills focus on developing your cardiovascular endurance. Consistent training improves heart health which helps the body regulate oxygen levels more efficiently, resulting in better energy management.

Full Body Workout

One of the greatest benefits of mixed martial arts training is that it trains the body as a whole. Whether you’re working on the fluidity of your practice combos on a pads or refining the technical aspects of your kicks  on a heavy bag, mixed martial arts training will have you experiencing the benefits of a full body workout. The more you focus on conditioning your body as a whole, the more you’ll realize the benefits when it comes to feeling more energized.

Get Better Sleep

While exercise helps boost your energy, it can also help you wind down. In fact, a recent study showed that exercise plays an important role in improving the quality of your sleep. Experts suggest that people who get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week sleep significantly better at night and also feel more alert during the day. Mixed martial arts training requires both physical exertion and mental focus which helps ready the body for a better night’s sleep. So, while you’re putting in the time on the mat, you can be confident that you’ll be falling asleep faster as well as sleeping through the night more consistently.

So, instead of pouring another cup of coffee when you hit that afternoon slump, hit the mats for a quick 30 minute training session! In the long run, you’ll be happy you did.

 

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Kids ages 6-12 (CLICK HERE)

Adults ages 13+ (CLICK HERE)

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How To Fuel Your Body To Maximize Your Fitness Results

Fuel Your Body, Maximize Your Fitness Results

The difference between a good and a bad workout often comes down to how you fuel your body. What you eat and when you eat it determines how hard you can push yourself during a training session. It also impacts how well your muscles recover afterwards.

Many people believe not eating before a workout will help them burn more fat. That’s simply not the case. In fact, not eating before a workout can lead to feeling lethargic or even faint during a workout. The main goal of eating before a workout is to prime our metabolism and replenish the glycogen that supplies our energy needs to our body.

So, how do you fuel your body for a successful workout without limiting your performance? The solution is a simple nutritional recipe for fitness success: drink plenty of water, and eat good carbs and lean protein.

Here are a few tips on how to best fuel your body to maximize your training experience.

Stay Hydrated

We can’t stress this enough: stay hydrated. Drinking water before you begin your workout is crucial. The amount of water your body needs will vary from person to person based on size and muscle mass. Do your own personal research to determine your optimal hydration requirements.  The goal is to be fully hydrated within an hour of starting your workout. This is because the act of drinking water only starts the hydration process and our bodies need time to fully benefit. During a high-intensity workout, aim to drink water every 20-30 minutes to stay hydrated as you exercise. Keep in mind, when you drink water during your workout, you’re not just putting liquid back into your body, you’re also replenishing electrolytes, sodium, and glucose. Even better, drinking water can help regulate your body temperature and even prevent muscle cramps.

 

Eat Regularly Throughout The Day

We get it. Life happens and suddenly we find ourselves skipping meals and making excuses. The benefit of disciplining ourselves to eat at regular intervals throughout the day is that we can better maintain proper blood sugar levels and energy levels as well.  Aim to eat about 300 to 500 calories about two hours before your workout. Remember, your body can only use food it’s already digested. Eating easily digestible food a couple of hours before you exercise will provide your body with the time it needs to properly fuel itself without making you feel too full.

Convinced you just can’t make that happen? Even just eating a 50 to 100 calorie snack consisting of fast-digesting carbs right before your workout can provide a quick burst of energy to fuel your fitness. Some great choices to eat on the go are fruits like oranges, bananas, apples, or raisins.

 

Just Say “No” To Some Foods

When it comes to fueling a great workout, avoid foods high in saturated fats like fried foods or pizza. In general, these kinds of foods take a long time to digest and tend to sit very heavy in your stomach. A small serving of good fats is much more ideal, such as half an avocado or a hand-full of almonds.

Additionally, while foods high in fiber are great for digestive health, consuming large servings of foods high in fiber right before a workout could upset your stomach. Consuming high-fiber foods like broccoli, lentils, or certain cereals before a workout draws blood flow to your digestive system rather than your muscles. This can limit the amount of oxygen, sugar, and amino acids your muscles receive as you exercise.

Lastly, avoid carbonated beverages like soda and seltzer before working out. These drinks can cause gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. They also contain significant amounts of sodium, which can cause dehydration.

 

Fuel Your Recovery

Jump start your recovery process by consuming good food within 30 to 45 minutes after completing your workout. Look for foods consisting of carbohydrates and a moderate amount of protein. Whole grains and lean meats work best for restoring glycogen stores and stimulating muscle protein synthesis. Fruit smoothies or protein shakes are great options if you’re crunched for time.

In general, macronutrients are key for maximizing your body’s recovery after a great workout. Protein helps repair and build muscles. Carbohydrates replenish your body’s glycogen stores. Good fats like avocado, nuts and seeds, eaten in moderation, have also been shown to aid in muscle growth after a workout.

Finally, don’t skip the water. Replenishing lost water and electrolytes will help you maximize the benefits of your workout.

 

Now that you’ve got some great tips for fueling your workout, try a FREE training session at Invictus!  Which class below are you most curious about?

Preschool ages 3-5 (CLICK HERE)

Kids ages 6-12 (CLICK HERE)

Adults ages 13+ (CLICK HERE)

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Five Secret Benefits Of Martial Arts

If you’re like us, you LOVE finding secret benefits to ethically hack more results from your life.

Let’s be real: we all have the same 24-hours in a day. But some people seem to get more from every hour than us. The same is true of martial arts training. Have you ever noticed some people get better results than us at the gym… but we’re doing the same kind of training?

Which makes us wonder: what’s their secret?

Today, we’re going to give you five secret benefits of martial arts that no one else is talking about… but really should be!

1) Better Insulin Sensitivity

Experts agree that exercise helps improve your cells and muscles’ sensitivity to insulin. This is a really good thing! Because that means your body doesn’t need as much insulin to work effectively. And even better, it means less belly fat.

2) Less Stress

Experience shows that working out with martial arts quickly reduces a person’s stress. That’s because exercise like martial arts reduces cortisol (the stress hormone). Why does that matter? Too much cortisol triggers the body to become insulin resistant (that’s bad) and signals the body to store belly fat. Additionally, elevated cortisol stress makes you crave sugar and carbs… a vicious cycle. Break free of the stress-eat cycle with a quick 45-min strength and cardio session at Invictus (BTW, it’s always FREE to try)!

3) Better Brain Health

Our brains perform better in everyday life when we exercise! Martial arts exercise improves memory, enhances learning, and boosts concentration. In fact, vigorous exercise (like a training session at Invictus) is known to even be a great antidepressant working just as effective as common prescription drugs. Exercise helps to improve your mood (we wrote about it HERE), boost your energy, and reduce mental fog and fatigue.

4) Reduced Risk For Chronic Disease

Exercise protects your heart and reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, we’ve written extensively about this in previous posts HERE and HERE. Martial arts exercise can reduce inflammation which is the cause of almost every disease associated with aging. Furthermore, it balances hormones that contribute to reducing breast and other common cancers.

5) Enhanced Detoxification

Intense exercise is known to assist your body with releasing toxins through your skin. Now, before you get all grossed out, this is a very common way our bodies naturally detox. Vigorous exercise helps you work up a great sweat (a great detoxifier), but a gentle exercise session will keep your circulation going. This flushes out all the toxic fluids that build up in your lymphatic system.

With benefits like these what’s not to like? Now that you know these five secret benefits of martial arts, perhaps it’s time for you to give it a try for FREE! And best of all you just might like feeling better, feeling stronger, and feeling healthier!

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Improving Mental Health With Martial Arts

May is Mental Health Awareness Month so we’re taking a minute to showcase how martial arts can help. For several years, Mental Health America has acknowledged and advocated for fitness as a tool to help those who live with mental illness find pathways to wellness and ultimately thrive in life.

It is well-known that people who live with mental health issues can benefit from physical exercise like martial arts.

In fact, recent scientific publications in the American Journal Of Men’s Health and BMC Psychology support these claims. Experts agree that training in the martial arts can be a transformative experience offering many benefits to those who live with mental illness including mentorship, a sense of achievement, and increased confidence.

Here are three ways we improve mental health with martial arts…

Manage And Reduce Stress

It is well known that training in martial arts is a great way to get in shape, raise your metabolism, build muscle strength, increases flexibility, and improve immune system responses. But did you know that all of these aspects also play a role in reducing areas of potential stress?

As you train your body to become stronger, physically, you are also training it to better handle future stressors.

Of course, practicing martial arts also naturally releases endorphins, the “feel-good” hormone, into your body. These endorphins can help relieve pain and reduce emotional stress. In fact, the neuron receptors that endorphins bind to are the same ones that bind to some common prescription pain medications. That means you can experience the same relief from martial arts training without the possibility of addiction or dependency. Research out of Harvard Health has also shown that exercise, like martial arts, is an effective but often underutilized all-natural treatment for mild to moderate depression. 

Develop Self-Control

Being able to manage and regulate our emotions is something we practice every day, but for those who live with mental illness, this can be a significant challenge. A common strategy used for regulating emotions is attentional deployment, or redirecting attention. For people who struggle with managing anger or anxiety, martial arts can be a positive channel to redirect their energy. Training in the martial arts can also help redirect feelings of powerlessness and encourage feelings of self-confidence. Specifically, learning self-protection skills helps shift feelings of victimization to feelings of self-control. Sparring under adrenaline stress helps develop skills to manage adrenaline and learn to control fight or flight responses. Ultimately, martial arts training helps people develop improved self-control, form healthier habits, and reduce impulsivity.

Increase Self-Esteem

Because strong social support is important for those with depression, participating in a small group martial arts class may be beneficial. In fact, martial arts group classes can improve self-esteem through consistent positive verbal reinforcement from peers, instructors, and coaches. Additionally, when a person masters a new skill or earns a higher belt rank, their sense of achievement automatically boosts their self-confidence and they learn to feel good about themselves and their accomplishments.

So, when you’re ready to experience how martial arts can transform your life, SCHEDULE YOUR FREE SESSION with us today! We love helping REAL people like you get REAL results for the REAL world.

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Fitness As Preventative Healthcare

When you think of “Healthcare” what is the first thing you think of? A doctor? A hospital? Medication? Most people would agree with that too. But did you know that fitness plays a crucial role in the Healthcare Continuum? It’s true! And today we’re going to take a fresh look at why that matters to not only your health but your whole being!

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Hospitals and physicians play a very important but relatively small role in the entire Healthcare Continuum. Reactive care (or treatment) takes place AFTER a person has had a health-related life event.

For example, heart disease remains the number one preventable cause of death. In 2020 alone, heart disease accounted for over 700,000 deaths in the United States and has been the leading cause of death worldwide since 2000.

Additionally, diabetes has been on the rise since 2000 (up 70% in 2020) and it has now become the 9th largest cause of death worldwide according to the World Health Organization.

There is a better way: preventative care.

PREVENTATIVE CARE

Research conducted at Brigham Young University (Bertucci, et. al., 2010) supports this mindset with the following: “we analyzed three preventive approaches: school-based programs, dietary restrictions, and increased exercise. These three examples are effective at reducing obesity and cost-efficient. Together, they serve as the general framework of preventive care upon which more advanced and specific programs can be discussed.”

They continue, “changing the behavior of millions of Americans is not going to be accomplished merely through strategic legislation. In reality, such a change cannot come from any one office or program. Indeed, changing the behavior of millions of Americans requires just that—millions of Americans. Perhaps the answer to America’s healthcare issue does not lie in a change of policy but in a change of mindset. Efforts need to be made on every level to establish a culture of health promotion and disease prevention.”

Here are some great examples of preventative healthcare to consider:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Dentists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Fitness Trainers*
  • Nutrition Coaches*
  • Group Exercise Instructors*
*Invictus Martial Arts offers all three

MAKING A DECISION

Experts agree the key to maintaining total mind-body wellness is prevention. From eating whole, minimally processed foods to intentional, daily movement, prevention always starts with a decision. You must decide that you are worth it. You must decide that your future is worth it. Everyone wants to do their part and it starts with a personal commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.

So, start first with developing an ongoing habit of intentional movement through fitness. In fact, martial arts fitness is absolutely ideal to help you begin! Training sessions at Invictus are smartly scheduled to accommodate any schedule. Additionally, anyone can begin and start reaping major benefits. Experience shows that the regular practice of martial arts is believed to help with improved mindset, improved body composition, improved emotional resilience, and so much more.

NEXT STEPS

Claudio F. of Cedar Park shared, “The classes in Invictus this year not only provided [our son] a lot of great lessons, skills, and abilities but also other important aspects such as friendship, affection, and discipline. I can always see his admiration with you[sic], the classes make him happy and confident.”

As you can now see, healthcare is much more than just a visit to your local care facility. It happens every day and can have a profound impact on not only your health but your entire well-being.

So, when you’re ready to start getting your results, SCHEDULE YOUR FREE SESSION with us today! We love helping REAL people like you get REAL results for the REAL world.

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May Is National Fitness Month

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. In fact, experts at Harvard Medical agree that “regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living.” But what real benefit is there? And how can you cram exercise into your already packed daily routine?

Mayo Clinic suggests that in as little as 30 minutes per day, you can easily start to reap benefits that have fantastic results. But what kind of results? Harvard Medical tells us that daily, moderate exercise “improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases.” Additionally, “just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system.”

This is great news! Because that means you have 32 chances during your waking hours to get moving and get healthier. So, when you decide to make exercise a regular part of your daily activity, you will get improvement in your quality of life AND a healthy immune system.

But it gets better!

The National Institute of Health goes even further to suggest that “the practice of physical exercises acts as a modulator of the immune system. Such practice has an effect on the lower incidence, intensity of symptoms, and mortality in viral infections observed in people who practice physical activity regularly.”

So, how do you put this into practice? Here are three ways we’re helping you do just that:

LIVE-Stream Sessions

Thankfully you can join your training sessions at Invictus Martial Arts from the comfort of your own living room or from the beach! As long as you have an internet connection, you can log in and train from wherever you are in the world and start getting healthy today. And as a bonus, you can also practice with our LIVE-Replay of recorded training sessions. This means if you happen to miss your session you can easily participate whenever you’re available!

Private Coaching

Looking for something a bit more personal? Our Private Coaching (1:1) or Semi-Private (1:4) Coaching sessions are what you’re looking for. Available In-Person or LIVE-Streaming, we can tailor your training to help you accomplish your goals with personalized feedback and customized weekly practice.

Small-Group Training

Big on fun and yet small enough to feel right at home, our Small-Group Training sessions are a great way to get out of the house and into one of the best training facilities in the NW Austin and Cedar Park area. Everyone knows that our state-of-the-art design and wellness-driven amenities make training at Invictus an experience that you’ll absolutely love! You’ll create a sense of camaraderie with your peers while getting in a good sweat and learn new skills. In fact, you’ll leave smiling knowing you learned how to protect yourself and your well-being.

Now, what are you waiting for? It’s FREE TO TRY and clearly great for you! We’ll see you on the training mats soon!

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Martial Arts Fitness Could Extend Your Life… And Just Might Save It

Everyone knows someone who’s made a New Year’s resolution to get healthy, right? Of course! We all have. In fact, everyone could always use to feel better, wouldn’t you agree? Luckily, martial arts fitness could extend your life… and just might save it!

At Invictus, we know that you want to be healthy and strong! We also know that in order to do that, you need to feel confident that the choices you’re making today will not only support your goals now but also help you in the long term… and perhaps even extend your life!

The problem is you’re not even really sure if you’re on the right track or even where to begin to make that positive change. Sadly, this can make you feel doubtful that you’re truly making the right decision for you to accomplish your wellness goals.

We believe that self-care doesn’t have to be self-ish and that a person really can make progress on achieving their health and fitness goals with the right support from the right coaches. And best of all, you can start today. We understand that it requires more than just a simple wish to improve and that it will take dedication and consistent effort which is why we always do our best to not only educate our members on their options but also coach and support their goals every step of the way.

Here’s how we do it…

EDUCATION

The Cooper Institute in Dallas Texas & University of Texas Southwestern Medical School studied 66,000 participants and found some surprising results. People who exhibited exceptional health and fitness had the following in common:

Men aged 50 -> run a mile in 8:00 or less
Women aged 50 -> run a mile in 9:00 or less

However, when a person couldn’t break a 12-minute mile for men or a 15-minute mile for women then they were considered low fitness and high-risk for a shortened life span and other chronic diseases.

Dr. Bary, a Cardiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas says, “If you are fit in mid-life, you double your chance of living to 85.”

Furthermore, a 10-year Harvard study of 1,000 healthy firefighters reveals that a person 40 years old who can perform 40 push-ups is 96% less likely to develop a cardiovascular problem than one who can’t do 10.

Fortunately for members of Invictus, we regularly practice push-ups at all ages and at all ranks and levels giving you the support you need to strengthen your cardiovascular health. You can be confident knowing that Invictus coaches and instructors always make sure to invest time and effort into your durability and strength to help you live your best life now.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

We get it. This may be an uncomfortable conversation right now and we’ve had to deal with it too. But the way we see it, we can ignore the truth, deny the truth, or accept the truth. At Invictus, we have decided to deal with reality but refuse to be defined by it. We also understand that data is simply information. So, let’s take a look at the information impacting our health and wellness today.

From the CDC…

  • 71.6% of adults aged 20 and over are overweight (this includes obesity)
  • 20.6%  of adolescents aged 12-19 years are obese
  • 18.4% of children aged 6-11 years are obese
  • 13.9% of children aged 2-5 years are obese

Sadly, more than 2/3 of the American population is overweight or obese with almost half of all Americans falling into the obese range. Yes, it’s shocking and sobering. That means about 1 in 2 (or almost 150 million) of us are in this category. Did you know a person who is 5’9″ and weighs more than 170 lbs is considered overweight? Furthermore, a person 5’9″ and weighing more than 205 lbs is considered obese (see chart below).

Unsurprisingly, obesity is also linked to impaired immune function. Based on a meta-analysis study of 399,000 patients, “people with obesity who contracted SARS-CoV-2 were 113% more likely than people of healthy weight to land in the hospital, 74% more likely to be admitted to an ICU, and 48% more likely to die.”

In fact, most of us regularly hear these days how someone seemed perfectly healthy but then got severely sick and then struggled to recover from their illness.  We’re not going to say that they weren’t seemingly healthy because perhaps they did appear to be doing okay but what we will say is that the most common health problems that develop due to obesity are: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, some cancers, dyslipidemia, and stroke. Most of which have also been proven to contribute to a weakened immune system and a higher likelihood of mortality due to certain viral infections.

Thankfully, experts agree that regular fitness activity, like the martial arts training members at Invictus receive, has been shown to reduce- and in some instances, reverse- the comorbid effects of obesity. This is why we believe that martial arts fitness could extend your life… and just might save it! One member shared with us, “I’ve lost over 20 pounds and at least a couple of inches on my waistline. I have more energy and focus…” With results like that, why wait?

SUPPORT

This all sounds great, right? But how can you guarantee you’ll actually see results and improvement? Commitment. At Invictus, we only work with people who commit to their results. Why? Because we’ll give our best to encourage and champion you but it is up to you to do the work. Yes, we’ll be there to help and assist you but…

We can’t do the push-ups for you.

We can’t make healthy food choices for you.

We can’t force you to do anything you’re not ready to do for yourself.

We CAN support you. Whether it’s through our Small Group In-Person sessions (under 18 per session), LIVE-Stream training (from wherever you are), Invictus Online program (on-demand and on-the-go), Private Coaching (1:1), or Semi-Private Coaching (1:4), we have options to meet you right where you are and help you get to where you want to go.

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