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In addition to providing terrific self-defense techniques and inner calm, aikido offers fabulous body building workout routines.
While you probably need to supplement your aikido workout program with swimming, stretching, and walking, you can add a block of aikido twice a week or more to your workout plan.
A typical aikido workout is built on a principle of using circular force to disarm an opponent or deflect energy. You don't need Mr. Miyagi of “The Karate Kid” movies to tell you that aikido isn't about getting into fights, but often about avoiding them and keeping mentally as well as physically fit. What more could you ask from your workout?