Two days ago I posted, "Which martial art to study?" - a reader asked me which I'd recommend. I shared my experience, but also reached out to the crowd here since I know we've got some martial artists who stop by.
Some fantastic replies.
I would tend to agree with Sebastian, it depends more on the teacher and your connection with him or her than the actual art, though some arts will be easier than others to master (depending on your body type).
There are only a few things I would add. First, Systema is not only an amazing fighting art, but actually can teach you how to be calmer. There are no forms or formal meditation or exercises, but the way it is taught and its focus on introspection achieves a lot of the same things. I have many years of kung fu and meditation experience and can tell you that it can give you amazing access to these spaces in a very short amount of time.
On Healthier Living, Cheap
At the beginning of this summer(June 2013), I moved halfway across the country for an internship. Most people say college is the first time you really get a taste of living on your own, but I ended up going to a school about 20 minutes from home, so for me, moving for my internship has been my first time really experiencing being out on my own. It was much more of a lifestyle change than moving to college. I would now be earning money(I had never had a job before), and I was able to experience what it is like to have a steady four-figure paycheck coming in every two weeks.
I'm not really sure how my income compares to that of a typical intern, but I had resolved early on not to go splurging all of my newly-acquired money. I wanted to save most of my income, so that I could spend it once I went back to school(and once I would no longer have a steady income). Privy to my motive, my parents graciously offered to pay for my groceries($50 a week), as well as help cover my expenses as I first settled in(airfare, first month's rent, and enrollment fee for a gym, which came out to just under 1k).
Saving money was just one of several goals I set when I first got started. Most of my goals were tied to the lifestyle changes I went through. Aside from a consistent income, the next most prominent change was that I was now completely in control of my own food consumption(my college has dining halls). I would be grocery shopping and preparing all of my meals. I set a goal accordingly: I would eat healthier. I will probably do a post later on about the specifics of my diet, but for now, note my use of the word healthier. Not healthy, but healthier. I still drink beer, I still order a pizza on the occassional Friday night that I don't feel like cooking, but for the most part, I try to keep it healthy.
On the subject of the title, I believe that healthier living is not just about how you eat, but also about physical activity. I am on a varisty athletic team at school(Division III), and so I was given a summer training regimen to follow. Thus, most of the posts on this blog will be about healthier eating, working out, saving money, or a combination of these things.