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These Forms of Martial Arts Can Lead to Weight Loss

No matter how many times you switch your lifting routine or try a new piece of cardio equipment, working out at the gym has a way of feeling stale. Of course there are other options, but they all seem to appeal to a specific type of person. CrossFit can be pretty intense and endurance sports require a huge time investment. Consider something you may have dabbled in as a kid: martial arts. Deciding to take the plunge is the easy part. Figuring out what type of martial art to choose is where things get a little bit trickier, because there are so many different kinds.

Here are seven of the most popular forms to help you make a decision.

1. Judo

IJF Judo Grand Slam, Tokyo

IJF Judo Grand Slam, Tokyo Judo will keep you toned. | Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

What really sets judo apart from other forms of martial arts is the lack of striking, focusing instead on throwing. About Sports explained this goes back to the founding morals, which stress it as a means of defense. Those of you hoping to land some punches and kicks probably aren’t going to enjoy this style very much. Those who really have an interest in learning how to defend themselves, though, could stand to get a lot out of judo. Men’s Fitness said it’s a high-impact activity that will challenge your whole body, particularly your core.

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