By Anthony Eisenhower
Being a medical professional means long hours, stressful days/nights and dealing with the health and well-being of people all the time. But it’s so crazy that to do that in so many ways they are letting their own health go sideways, and allowing themselves to get caught up with everything that goes on at work that they aren’t stimulating themselves mentally and physically outside. They are so bent on helping others that at times they aren’t really helping themselves, which in turn makes it even harder to work on others. It truly is a vicious cycle you can get into when you do this.
Finding something outside of the Medical work field is a wonderful way to fight against this. One huge solution to this is to get into training in Martial Arts. I have compiled 3 main reasons why Medical Professionals specifically will find benefit in training in Martial Arts and will help them even expand in their own practice at work.
1. Physical Health
It’s interesting how people in the medical industry are there to help people with their health every step of the way, but so many don’t take the time they need to work on their own physical health. Martial Arts is a wonderful way to take care of this. Not only can it be physically challenging and burn a lot of calories, but also can improve your mobility, durability, balance and flexibility, which can help you with all of your long hours at the office, and especially if you are on your feet most of the day. Focusing on your own physical health is just as important as others, so make sure that you are doing that just as much. This will also help you relieve stress from the workouts that you get in Martial Arts Training, and helping you to keep your stamina ready for those long hours. Being challenged physically is always helpful for keeping your body ready for the needs of your profession, such as hand/eye coordination, and keeping your body steady.
2. Mental Stimulation
You use your brain so much doing your job and trying to focus on the job at hand, but what other mental stimulation do you get? Martial Arts training will also challenge your mental health, just as much as your body. Your mind is almost more important to help you to re-focus on your current job. Being challenged mentally helps to keep your mind alert, your brain in use and to help you learn things even faster. When you are a medical professional you need this on a daily basis, so make sure you are getting mental stimulation in other areas. Learning new things, such as martial arts will help to enhance that. Learn more about the Martial Art you are doing as well, instead of just working out aimlessly, but keep your mind stimulated, learning the history, the movements and keeping your mind alert.
3. Social Engagement
Most people who work long hours, really only have interaction with possibly their family and those they work with. It’s good to get out of your comfort zone and have a good social engagement that will challenge you, but that you can have fun and relieve stress. Martial Arts is perfect, as you all are on the same path of learning, and these are the people that are in the same boat of wanting to physically and mentally enhance their bodies and relieve stress, so you can help with that. Being engaged socially like this with those on the same path as you, increases your endorphins, and brings you to a level of focus at work to which you can’t find anywhere else. Those that train in Martial Arts are also more likely to get ahead in their careers because of the focus it takes you and the way it can relieve stress. It’s also great for networking.
As you can see these are just 3 Benefits that you can get from training in Martial Arts, plus there are many styles out there to suit you. Now more than ever Martial Arts schools are popping up to help you and with many different hours to accommodate even the craziest work schedules (which so many medical professionals have).
Just from my own teaching and training many different Medical Professionals they have told me how it has enhanced their own work experience and helped their stress levels go down so much there and at home. Get out away from the labs, hospitals and offices and get into some fun.
About the Author – Anthony Eisenhower
Anthony Eisenhower has over 25 years of experience studying, practicing and teaching martial arts including Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Coju-jitsu, Capoeira, Kenpo Karate, Gung Fu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Savate and Pankration. Anthony holds Blackbelts in Coju-jitsu and Tae Kwon Do as well as Level 2 Khru in Muay Thai. Anthony studied gymnastics at L.A. Valley College and dance at Loyola Marymount University with the purpose of increasing flexibility and endurance for competition. He competed as an amateur and pro in Muay Thai, ISKA Kickboxing, Pankration and MMA. Anthony also performs stunt and fight choreography for music videos, commercials and various film and television projects; past projects include Alias, Birds of Prey, Dark Angel and Power Rangers in Space.
Anthony is also the creator of the Brood 9 Stunt System, which is one of the few Stunt Certification classes taught for Physical stunt work. He has a DVD with the basics of this program through My Mad Methods Productions and is a contributor to the My Mad Methods Magazine, Onnit Academy, Mad Fit Mag, MMA Business magazines as well as other Fitness and MMA forums.