Learning martial arts could help the elderly avoid bone fractures, it was claimed.
No-one is suggesting turning Auntie Flo into a ninja warrior. But fighting disciplines such as kung fu, karate and judo involve techniques that can help brittle-boned patients fall more safely, research suggests.
If your goal is to improve your fitness or lose weight but you need to do something more exciting than jogging on a treadmill to keep you motivated, perhaps you should consider doing a martial art like boxing, kickboxing, karate, or judo.
Here at The Martial Arts Centre we have students who have lost weight since joining.
Sedentary lifestyles are making children less fit - even among those who are not obese, a study suggests.
Essex University staged fitness tests on 600 10-year-olds a decade apart. They found significant falls in fitness levels, concluding the average 10-year-old in 1998 could beat 95% of youngsters in 2008 in running tests.