Taekwondo - Extreme workouts - Women's Health & Fitness

5. Taekwondo
Taekwondo is a Korean form of martial art, which became an Olympic sport in 2000 and won Aussie Lauren Burns a gold medal.

Children as young as two can begin learning the basic skills of taekwondo, including balance, concentration and awareness. It’s popular as a self-defence discipline, with moves including grappling, joint locks, chokes and throws.

You might even find yourself entertaining fellow partygoers with your prodigious board breaking. The skill of breaking wooden boards by kicking or punching is used as a measure of power and accuracy, but it should only be attempted once you’ve had some training.

Combining the best of exercise, meditation and philosophy, this is the perfect choice for mind, body and spirit.