Muay Thai martial arts is often referred to as the Art of the Eight Limbs particularly because fists, elbows, knees and feet can all be used to make solid contact with an opponent's body.

This form of fighting is known predominantly for its aggressive nature which is evidenced by its extensive combat techniques and relatively few self-defense (blocking) measures. These days, more and more martial arts enthusiasts are trying to learn Muay Thai either as a form of exercise or as a way of engaging in mock combat fights.

However, it should be noted that this form of fighting is not for the faint hearted, nor is this for people who have never really done any form of exercise or sports training beforehand. If you are starting your training in Muay Thai martial arts, here are some preparatory measures you ought to try.

1. Start any exercise program. It does not matter if you simply jog for 30 minutes 3 times a week, or you head on out to the gym everyday and workout for 2 hours. The important thing here is that your exercise regimen - or any exercise regimen for that matter - will help you get into a better shape for the rigors of Muay Thai training.

If you are hopelessly out of shape, or you have not done any form of solid workout for over a year; it is with all likelihood that you will suffer from muscle cramps and stiffness of the joints after your first Muay Thai class.

2. Always do about several minutes of cardiovascular exercises before your actual training session. You can get on the treadmill and walk briskly for 30 minutes. You can also try jogging in place for 15 minutes or so, on a respectable pace.

30 minutes of total body aerobic exercises will help get your heart racing which in turn, will flush oxygenated blood through your muscles. This will keep your muscles and joints limber and flexible.

3. Next do several sets of anaerobic exercises. Anaerobic exercises are intense high level exercises that are often done in short bursts (2 minutes maximum.) This causes targeted areas of the body to use the skeletal muscles to its full potential. This promotes speed and strength - both of which are necessary in Muay Thai training.

4. Perform deep breathing exercises prior and during to the actual Muay Thai training. This will ensure that a good supply of oxygen flows through your muscles which may keep fatigue and exhaustion at bay.

5. Lastly, you should note that the practice of Muay Thai martial arts tends to use all parts of the body. It is therefore essential, when learning how to fight or when doing any type of combat fighting to perform cooling down exercises after each training session.