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Burn a Few More Calories: Take a Self Defense Class

Some of my favorite kinds of workouts are the ones that kill two birds with one stone. For example, I love getting in 30 minutes of cardio while watching the last episode of TopChef (yes, I watch that show too). I also love doing pull-ups and dips on the monkey bars while I am at the park with my kids.

Another way to get fit and accomplish something (aside from plain ol' getting healthy) while you're exercising is to take a self-defense class. Here's why: Your first defense in self-defense is to run (run Forest, run...), and we all know how good running is at burning calories. Your next defense in self-defense is to try to fight off a possible attacker, which means you'll be learning how to protect yourself with specialized moves. Perfecting moves such as the Hammer Fist and Elbow Shots is an excellent method for burning calories as well as empowering yourself too. Check around for self-defense classes near you. A lot of local YMCAs offer them as well as community centers, and even gyms, nationwide.

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Hope5 Hope5 10 years
Already did that!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Well, it's not easy. I think the kids might be graduated by the time that's done.
lifer_refil lifer_refil 10 years
I'd like to know how it's decided where to build as well. I was in a county committee that tried to get the program "Weed and Seed" in our town.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I would love to take one. I still remember a lot of the basic stuff from the one I took as a child (we called it karate), but one that taught me how to use my body the right way would be really cool. I wish we had a YMCA close to us. REALLY wish. I wonder how they decide where to build. Hmmm...
Shpohlc Shpohlc 10 years
i take a self defense class!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Haha, all I can think of is Friends when Rachel and Phoebe take their self defense class and Ross thinks it's no good and Rachel says, "Hey! Do you want to see me self defend myself?!?"
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