5 Reasons Why You should hit a Boxing Gym

Aside from developing amazing self-defense skills, this sport of boxing will improve your fitness significantly.

This is still one of the few sports that trains every part of your body, and not just builds muscle but tones muscles as well. This is because there is also a lot of cardio involved in boxing. This article goes on to show you five benefits of boxing.


#1. Better Cardiovascular Health:

Many people that train don’t know that the Heart is a muscle that should be worked like every other muscle. You need cardiovascular health to protect yourself from heart diseases primarily, burn calories, and consequently lose weight.

A common misconception is to think that the only form of proper cardio is jugging or running.

The whole point of cardio is to place a moderate amount of stress on your heart and lungs so that they’re challenged enough to make the necessary physiologic adaptations to support the increasing level of physical activity, be it boxing, running, skipping ropes, or whichever cardio workout.

The main difference is how you choose to stress your heart and lungs. As long as you keep your heart rate up during your workout, there’s no limit to how much you can punch, kick, and jump your way to a healthy heart while boxing.

Improved Total-Body Strength & Fitness:

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, boxing works the whole body. All the punching, docking, and jumping requires a lot of strength.

During a boxing workout, you may punch a bag hundreds of times and this definitely requires your upper body, core and lower body to engage as you make contact with the bag. Also, most boxing Professionals try to incorporate other strength training moves into a boxing workout. For instance, doing squats, push ups, sit ups, planks, weighted medicine ball exercises, resistance runs, etc all within a paced period of time.

Better Hand-Eye coordination:

This may not be a benefit you ever took notice of, but hand-eye coordination plays an important role in your gross and fine motor skills. Research has shown that individuals with good hand-eye coordination usually have faster reflexes, quicker reaction times, and better physical coordination as a whole.

This is particularly important for the aging, as coordination and balance become compromised, increasing the risk of falls and broken bones.

Boxing has been shown to significantly improve hand-eye coordination. When you’re tasked with punching a speed bag (a lightweight boxing bag suspended from a disc that turns and bounces quickly with each punch, you may have seen a professional boxer train with this countless times), or perhaps paired up to spar with a partner , you must be able to see the target, react to the target, and hit the target accordingly, all while the target is moving and changing position.

This is quite difficult but as your reflex and coordination improves, it becomes relatively seamless.

Less Stress:

This doesn’t just happen with boxing. Any form of moderate to intense physical activity can decrease stress. According to research, exercise increases endorphin( Chemicals in the body that when released make you feel good), boosts mood, works as a form of meditation, and improves sleep, and this all help in reducing stress.

However, you need more than a walk around the block to help you get rid of stress. Boxing is a better bet of punching away your worries for primarily two reasons; first, during a boxing workout you mostly transition between high intensity and moderate intensity recovery periods. When you push yourself through a few minutes of high-intensity punching, you don’t have much mental power left to worry about how much stress you have waiting to welcome you at home. Also, during rest periods, you’ll be more focused on getting wind and mentally preparing for the next round, not stressing over your packed schedule.

Second, there’s an incredibly cathartic release ( feeling providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions). When you’re able to take some of your stress out on a punching bag, it’s an empowering feeling to punch your stress to bone-crushing level.

Improved Body composition:

Boxing is great for improving body composition and also great for weight loss as proven by Research. Ultimately, if your desire is to lose weight, what you really want to do is improve your body composition; increase your muscle mass and decrease your fat mass.

Boxing is an incredible mechanism for doing that and yielding improved body composition because it perfectly combines muscle-building strength training and calorie-burning sessions of cardio. By regularly participating in a boxing program and following a nutritious eating plan, there’s no reason you won’t see changes in your shape and improvements to your fat mass percentage.

If you had previously thought boxing was a violent sport for animals, you may want to reconsider. Boxing offers you amazing health benefits that you’re advised not to miss.

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