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Benefits of Boxing Workouts
If you are looking to try a different way of working out or want to dip your toes into a new sport, boxing is a great way to burn fat, gain muscle, and have fun!
There are many benefits to boxing workouts rather than playing the sport, including not being knocked down by an opponent. If you enjoy boxing, you can always hone your skills later and try your luck in the ring, but for those who are a little less athletic, boxing workouts are a great way to become agiler and improve your endurance and hand-eye coordination.
Increased Body Strength
Boxing works out more than just your arms. Although this is the main focus when hitting a target, you use many muscles to move and hit a punchbag effectively. When boxing, you don’t need to just use your hands either – you can also kick and jump when you feel comfortable to do so.
If you have weak wrists or suffer from arthritis or any other medical condition that could stop you from boxing, you can focus more on your kicks than your punches. Talk to your doctor before starting a new workout regime if you are unsure. Some exercise can strengthen your muscles making your arthritis less painful, although you may not be able to put as much force into your punches.
You also use your core when boxing to add extra strength when targeting your opponent. If you decide to attend a boxing exercise class or go to a boxing gym, they will incorporate other body strength exercises into your routine too, such as planks and squats.
Increase Your Cardiovascular Health
Completing any kind of cardio workout will increase your cardiovascular health over time, as well as your overall fitness levels. Boxing is a great alternative if running endlessly, staring at a gym wall, isn’t for you, or if you just fancy a change or to challenge yourself.
Completing cardio workouts can protect you from many adverse cardiovascular health diseases such as heart disease in the future and can reduce your risks of heart attacks as you age. It also helps you burn calories, lose weight, and maintain this weight loss when cardio is done each week.
The best way to get the most out of your cardio workout is to wear the right shoes to ensure you have the right posture, losing more weight, reducing the risk of damage, and ensuring you do not put too much strain on your feet.
Make sure you have the best boxing shoes to get the best workout, and if you end up boxing as a sport, these shoes will enhance your performance both in and out of the ring.
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Reduced Stress Levels
Doing any form of physical exercise is known to reduce your stress levels and release feel-good endorphins, which have many benefits including reducing stress and helping you sleep at night. This is especially beneficial if you are suffering from a mental illness such as anxiety or depression.
A great way to distract yourself from the stressors going on in your life is to sweat it out, and one of the best workouts to do is boxing, as you can take out any anger and frustration out on that punchbag. During a boxing workout, you will usually go through high-intensity rounds of kicking and punching, followed by breaks in between to recompose and get your breath back.
During both of these, your main focus will be to hit that punchbag as hard as you can while trying to catch your breath, so you will have no time to think about your breakup or your stressful day at work.
Improved Hand-Eye Co-ordination
Boxing is a great way to improve your hand-eye coordination as you try to hit a moving target. If you work out in a group or with a personal trainer, they will be wear targets on their hands and moving to better your athleticism and this will improve your coordination.
This may not seem very beneficial, but those with better hand-eye coordination have faster reflexes, which can help in many other sports and in games, as well as whilst driving. This is a great thing to improve whilst we are young, as when we age, our coordination and balance tend to go a little off, causing falls which can break bones.
The better your hand-eye coordination is when younger, the better it will stay as you age.
You Can Workout at The Gym or at Home
Whilst you may not be able to fit a treadmill in your house, a punchbag is much smaller and easier to store away when not in use. It can be left in the corner of a room and brought out when you want to exercise, meaning if you don’t have time or confidence to go to the gym, you can still get a great workout.
There are many videos online that have different exercise routines for boxing, including strength exercises combined with punching and kicking.
Ensure you have plenty of room if you do decide to complete boxing workouts in your home and that any children and pets are safely out of the room. If you do want to work out in a gym, there are boxing gyms you can visit, but most gyms have boxing classes.
Working out in a group can be fun; you could take your friend and take your stressors out together after work. This is a great way to bond and have fun while working out and doing something different.
Whether you are boxing for the first time or you have done it before, there is never a better time to get out there and give it a go.
Trying a new sport can be fun, improve your fitness levels, and if you are getting tired of the same old workout, it may give you the motivation to get dressed and head to the gym before or after work each day. Give boxing a go today!