The Benefits of Boxing Workouts
Are you thinking about learning to box and want to know if you should try it? We understand that you might want to know if it’s just about knowing how to throw a punch (it’s not), or something more. Find out how it can benefit you beyond what you learn in the ring. Boxing can be challenging but it comes with enormous mental and physical benefits that can change your life.
Not only is boxing a great 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 training, keep reading!
- Improved General Body Strength – It may be an obvious one if you’ve ever looked at a professional boxer but boxing is perfect for building muscle! Whether you’re doing boxing conditioning, bag work or sparring you will be using a lot of different muscles. You often use a punching bag dozens of times in one session, building your endurance. There are multiple ways and angles to hit the bag and the repeated exercise will give you more muscle across your body.
- Stress Reliever – Boxing is an extreme cardio workout. That means it can help release hormones that help us feel good like endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. It can also minimise stress, by reducing cortisol. Both these actions together help us to feel more relaxed, calmer, reduce stress, and can help us sleep better. Boxing requires focus and when you’re heavily focussed on one thing, it forces you to put stressful thoughts aside. This means that your hand eye coordination will be tested, but your brain can relax a little and stop burn out.
- You Can Get Incredible Abs – Many people think that boxing just targets the arms and upper body. Yes, if you aren’t taught properly, your shoulders and arms will get a hardcore workout. However, when you learn to box effectively, your whole core should be involved. It is also a powerful workout for your stomach muscles. To get control and intensity behind your punches when you box, you need to transfer your weight from your feet to your hands via your hips and torso. This uses and strengthens your abdominal muscles.
- Improved Bone Mineral Density – Weight-bearing exercises are exceptional at helping increase bone strength. Exercises which involve frequent but controlled impact, can help the body to build mineral density. This can be a superb way of reducing the chance of, and sometimes helping treat things like osteoporosis.
- Better Cardiovascular Health – Boxing is an excellent sport to strengthen your heart health. It is an intense workout and cardio 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 exercise each week for heart health. This is a minimum, by going to three boxing classes a week you’d go way beyond this as it’s far from modest, as it really helps with fitness as a whole. Boxing’s intensity increases your heart rate and pushes your fitness boundaries to new levels. It's also a fantastic way of burning calories.
It might seem obvious that fitness boxing can give you a fantastic full body workout but it also might help benefit things that you never thought it would. If you’d like to try it and find out more about boxing, get in touch with us now. Alternatively, take a look at our schedule to find a class at a day and time that suits you. We also understand that not everyone likes the idea of contact boxing at first, so even if you want to try drills and using a punching bag, enquire today. You can box at the best level for you and your needs.