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Boxing for exercise: Punch your way to fitness benefits

Updated: 3 days ago

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Are you bored of your usual exercise regime? Need to mix it up with something that's interesting and different each time? Well why not… throw a few punches and do a boxing class and punch your way to the benefits of boxing as exercise. 👊🏼

Incorporating boxing into your exercise fitness routine can lead to significant improvements in physical health, mental wellbeing and overall quality of life. Here’s how:

Physical health benefits of boxing

🥊Cardiovascular fitness: Boxing is an excellent cardio workout, improving heart health and endurance.

🥊 Strength and muscle tone: It engages multiple muscle groups, enhancing overall strength and muscle tone, especially in the arms, shoulders, chest, back and core. An all-over body workout!

🥊Weight loss: High-intensity boxing workouts burn a significant number of calories, aiding fat burning.

🥊Enhanced stamina: Regular boxing training boosts stamina and endurance, increasing energy levels and making everyday tasks easier. Now who doesn’t need that?!

🥊Improves coordination: The footwork and drills in boxing enhance coordination, balance, agility, flexibility and reflexes.

Mental health benefits of boxing

🥊 Brain training and fitness: Boxing requires mental alertness and quick thinking, enhancing cognitive function, focus and concentration. A workout for your brain at the same time!

🥊 Stress relief: Hitting a punching bag or sparring can be a great way to relieve stress and pent-up energy. Grrrrrr let it out!

🥊Discipline and resilience: Regular training instils discipline and builds mental resilience, helping you tackle challenges both inside and outside the gym.

🥊Social interaction: Group classes offer opportunities to meet new people, fostering a sense of community and support.

Overall wellbeing benefits of boxing

🥊 Endorphin release: The physical activity involved in boxing triggers the release of endorphins, improving mood and reducing feelings of anxiety and depression.

🥊Mind-Body connection: Boxing requires a strong connection between the mind and body, promoting mindfulness and body awareness.

⚠️Be sure to check with your healthcare provider to make sure boxing is safe for you and let the boxing instructor know if you have never done boxing before.

There are right and wrong ways to punch, and you don’t want to injure yourself while on the road to health and wellbeing!


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