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Martial Arts Boosts Fitness in Middle Age

If you're looking for a new way to exercise to liven up your workout you may want to consider martial arts. Researchers found that middle-aged men and women who practiced soo bahk do, an ancient Korean martial art similar to karate, were in much better shape after three years than their more sedentary counterparts. They had greater aerobic capacity, muscle strength and endurance, less body fat, better balance and increased heart and breathing fitness.

British Journal of Sports Medicine April 2004;38(2):143-7.

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