As an exercise form to lose weight, improve health, or just feel better physically, kung fu training approaches exercise differently from most western forms of exercise. Using a whole-body approach, the benefits of increased physical strength, greater muscular flexibility, improved blood circulation, and physical coordination are experienced. Additionally, this form of exercise focuses on conditioning the joints, ligaments and tendons that are often ignored and sometimes damaged by other exercise forms. Maintaining healthy joints can reduce the development and effects of Arthritis as well as other joint associated conditions. Increasing the metabolism is highly recognized as a significant way to burn fat and lose inches. Kung fu training excites the metabolism and often succeeds in helping practitioners lose and keep off excess weight.