The Benefits of Boxing
If you’re thinking about starting to box but want to know if it’s just about learning to throw punches (it’s not), then keep reading and find out how it can really benefit you. Boxing can be challenging to learn well but you’ll be pleased you did because it comes with huge benefits that can change your life. Not only is boxing an incredible physical workout, it is also great for stress and can even help improve bone mineral density, so if you’re ready to explore the benefits of boxing, keep reading!
- Improved General Body Strength – It may be an obvious one if you’ve ever looked at a professional boxer but boxing is a fantastic way to build strength! Whether you’re doing general training or fighting in a match, you will be using a lot of different muscles to achieve your goals. Even the simple act of using a punch bag can be done dozens and dozens of times in one session and that one repeated exercise alone will gain you more muscle across your body.
- Stress Relief – Boxing is an extreme cardio workout and that means it can help release hormones that help us feel good like endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. It can also reduce the hormones that increase our stress levels like cortisol. Both these actions together help us to feel more relaxed, calmer, reduce levels of stress, increase calmness and can help us sleep better. Boxing also requires a lot of focus and when you’re heavily focussed on one thing, it forces you to put stressful thoughts aside and just focus on that one thing: boxing.
- You Can Get Incredible Abs – Many people think that boxing just targets the arms and yes, if you aren’t taught properly, your shoulders and arms will get an intense workout. If you learn to box properly however, your whole core should be involved, and it is a powerful workout for your stomach muscles. To get control and intensity behind your punches when you box, you need to move from your hips and torso, and this uses and strengthens your abdominal muscles.
- Improved Bone Mineral Density – Weight-bearing exercises are great at helping increase bone strength and exercises which involve repeated but controlled impact on the bones can help the body to build bone mineral density. Boxing can be an amazing way to increase bone strength because it does both these things This can be a great way of reducing the chance of, and sometimes helping treat things like, osteoporosis.
- Better Heart Health – Boxing is an ideal way of building your heart health. It is a strong cardio workout and cardiovascular exercise is one of the most important things that we can do to help keep our hearts healthy. The NHS suggest that adults need to do at least 2.5 hours of modest cardio exercise each week. Boxing provides an intense cardio workout and helps you burn up to 800 calories an hour!
It might seem obvious that boxing can give you a great workout but as you can see, it might help benefit things that you never thought it would. If you’d like to give it try, contact us now or take a look at our schedule.