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Participation in sports can be a rewarding, healthy experience both physically and mentally. Fencing is an excellent example of such. It benefits the entire body, improving heart, muscle and mind strength.

A CARDIO WORKOUT TO IMPROVE THE HEART, STAMINA AND A GREAT CALORIE BURNER.

The fast pace of the fencing bout is a good aerobic workout. That and intense footwork drills serve to improve blood flow, strengthening the heart. The pace is also a good calorie burner. At first, long bouts and heavy footwork can be tiring. With regular practice, endurance is improved. The increased stamina is beneficial in other areas as well, such as walking, biking and swimming.

FLEXIBILITY AND MUSCLE TONE

To avoid injury, a fencer must stretch their muscles thoroughly before bouting or working out. The more frequent the stretching, the better the flexibility. This flexibility is important to the fencing itself. The common positions can be uncomfortable if the fencer is not properly stretched.

To look at a fencer, one might notice the definition of the calf muscles. The constant, heavy use of the legs strengthens the muscles considerably. Some participate in further strength training and muscle toning to improve their fencing game. They become more powerful fencers, with actions that tend to be more explosive and quick.

FENCING TO RELIEVE STRESS

Exercise is well known to relieve stress. It goes without saying that fencing is an especially useful tool. Besides the great workout, the day's aggressions can be taken out on a fellow fencer in a safe, legal way. Some fencers will state that as soon as they pick up a weapon, the stress melts away. This is good for maintaining a healthy heart, and lower blood pressure.

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER NUTRITION

Because proper nutrition is important for maintaining a healthy body while fencing, it can be easy to carry over to every day life. Fencers need to keep well hydrated, and eat well-balanced meals to keep from fainting on the strip from lack of energy. Small meals throughout the day will keep the fencer in top form. If meals are not available, healthy snacks are encouraged.

A POINT NOT THOUGHT OF

Because the fencer must constantly think on their feet, the brain gets a good bit of exercise itself. It has been said that to reduce the effects of some degenerative diseases, the brain needs to be challenged on a regular basis. Fencing does this, as the fencer must plan attacks, defenses and counters. Many participants have jokingly and lovingly called fencing “chess at 100 miles an hour”.

In conclusion, the sport of fencing can be a fun way to relax, lose weight, and gain flexibility and muscle strength. The friendships forged can last a lifetime. Another wonderful health benefit to the game.