USA Martial Arts Fitness Academy Explains How to Build a Community Through Volunteer Work

Everyday life can feel overwhelming and stressful. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can often feel out of reach as commutes get longer, jobs get more stressful, and the cost of living increases. How could adding another commitment like volunteering to your routine possibly be beneficial?

While it may not lend your pocketbook a leg up, studies show that volunteering can offer incredible mental and physical benefits. At USA Martial Arts Fitness Academy, building a strong community among its students and the broader Bronx neighborhood is a top priority and volunteering is an ideal way to achieve that goal, says owner Juan Sanchez.

Volunteering Promotes Healthy Habits

Practicing martial arts helps keep you and your kids active, which reduces stress and promotes healthy habits like exercise and discipline. Volunteering can have the same effect. A 2013 study at Carnegie Melon University found that adults over the age of 50 who volunteer regularly were less likely to develop high blood pressure, which is often associated with stress. For kids, building healthy habits at a young age sets them up for future success as adults.

Foster Relationships with Like-Minded Individuals

USA Martial Arts Fitness Academy offers Taekwondo, Karate, BJJ, and self-defence classes, which help keep you in shape but also boost your confidence. They also offer coaching for those interested in participating in competitions. Even for those who are not keen to compete themselves, volunteering at competitions can be a great way to build relationships with others who have a similar interest in martial arts. Especially for kids, building these networks with likeminded peers has been shown to increase self-confidence. So even if you are not competing, USA Martial Arts Fitness Academy always welcomes spectators, support, and volunteers from their home gym at competitions. Whether you bring orange slices or just your great attitude, every show of support and act of volunteerism is appreciated.

Fostering a strong and welcoming environment allows participants at USA Martial Arts to truly be themselves in the gym, no matter their individual goals or reasons for being there. This inclusivity and open environment allows individuals to feel proud of their accomplishments big and small, feel seen and welcome, but also take a little stress or frustration out on a punching bag.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Volunteering also provides an opportunity to make a substantial long-term impact in your own community. Successful volunteers take pride in making a difference and look for opportunities to lend a helping hand.

So, whether you choose to volunteer at USA Martial Arts Fitness Academy, the competitions they attend, local events supported by the academy, or another altruistic activity altogether, the team at USA Martial Arts always encourages students, members, and parents to get out there and get involved in an initiative they support. For better health, well-being, and a sense of self, volunteer work builds up those who build up each other, creating strong and vibrant communities where we would all like to belong.

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