Original article by Irina Chirashnya at https://academyoffencingmasters.com/blog/7-reasons-to-start-fencing-in-your-30s-40s-and-beyond/
Think that fencing is something that you have to start when you’re a kid? You don’t! Fencing is something that you can start at any age. In fact one of the best times to start fencing is as an adult.
There’s a great saying that goes like this:
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is now.
Here are seven great reasons to get started in fencing when you’re an adult.
1. You’re Not Too Old
There’s a serious culture of youth in the world today – a culture that says that being young is something that is really just for seventeen year olds. It’s not! You’re still young and vibrant in your 30’s and 40’s, and beyond! We are as young as we feel, and really it is all about our mindset. Start something new and exciting like fencing, and you’ll feel your youth.
2. Become Healthy in a Fun Way
Getting on a treadmill is a great way to get healthy, but it’s not motivating for most of us. We need something exciting that makes us want to get healthy. The fencing club is the perfect place for it! You’ll find that you’re aching to get out and work out when you’re fencing. One of the best parts of this sport is how it makes your body feel so much stronger. Plus it’s a low impact form of exercise, so you’ll be practicing great joint health.
3. Learn New Skills
With fencing you’re going to learn skills that you didn’t even know you had! You’ll learn a whole new vocabulary of words that you never knew existed. One of the best parts of learning to fence as an adult is the sense of fulfillment that you get from taking on something new.
4. Meet Great People
As adults, we sometimes fall into the rut of staying within a single social circle. We never stray from it! The fencing club is a fantastic way to meet great people who you can connect with over a shared passion. There’s an entire culture of people for you to interact with and learn from, and who are interested in you and your development. It’s a great group of people to be with!
5. Fulfill a Lifelong Dream
How many years have you seen fencing in the movies and thought “Whoa – that is really cool!” One of the best parts about fencing is that you can access this lifelong dream of yours, taking it to the next level and feeling great about it. You can just make the choice to go down to your local fencing club and fulfill that dream of the child inside you to go and take up swordfighting. How amazing is that? Do you really need the last two reasons?
6. Improve Brain Health
We know that in order to stave off mental decline, it’s essential that we keep our brains activated. In a world where we spend most of our time using just our hands and our eyes, fencing offers the chance to engage the whole body, which in turn engages the whole mind. Need more proof? How about this incredible study from the Journal of Neurophysiology that showed improved cortical elasticity after just five days of learning a new skill. You can make your brain healthier just by learning new physical skills! And the great thing about fencing is that the new skills can keep coming for years as you advance!
7. Have Fun!
You get up. You go to work. Maybe you take care of a house full of children, or an aging loved one. You worry about world politics and your mortgage. Where’s the fun? As adults we often lose sight of the fact that in order to keep all of those mundane (but essential) things going in our lives, we need to have some great fun. It’s not selfish to spend time for yourself. Fencing is so much fun! It’s exciting and thrilling, and it will have you coming back again and again.