I think karate is now my favorite type of exercise. I never would have guessed that I’d have any interest in karate, but here I am, going for my purple belt and moving up to intermediate level. Not only are karate classes a good workout, but they challenge the mind at the same time. Every class is different – cardio, self-defense, weapons, and katas (forms). As I tell my kids, “variety is good.” Some would say “variety is the spice of life” and karate certainly offers good variety. It’s such a nice combination of physical and mental challenges that I stop worrying about other things and really immerse myself into the classes. Then the time flies by. I love it. Plus, it’s not at all bad to be stronger, more fit, and more well-balanced. Bring it on!