Benefits Of Boxing
Most people tend to think of boxing as just fighting but more and more, it’s becoming a fitness trend that is frequently returning to the top lists of workouts for health and fitness buffs worldwide. There is so much more to boxing than just hitting your opponent. It takes a lot of hard work and that means regular training and a lot of exercises to get into shape.
You don’t need to become a competitive boxer to capitalize on the benefits you can gain from boxing. We’ll check out 10 amazing benefits of boxing that will have you running out to get a pair of boxing gloves and hooked on this awesome sport.
1. Improve Your Cardiovascular Health
Millions of people worldwide are suffering from some form of cardiovascular. The biggest causes of this are the modern sedentary lifestyle and poor diet. Boxing is more than just a competitive sport. Training to be a boxer involves a lot of exercises. Apart from a lot of bobbing and weaving to avoid punches, there’s also a lot of cardio style exercises like running, jumping and jumping ropes. All of this activity works at strengthening your overall cardiovascular health.
2. Enhance Your Overall Muscle Tone
All the extra physical activity you get when you train for the boxing ring is bound to turn some of your flab into fab muscles. All that hand and foot activity directed towards punching bags will melt away fat cells and you’ll start to see some nice shapes forming in your overall muscle tone. Boxing just happens to be one of those awesome sports where you use your whole body in training and competition so if you keep at it regularly, you’ll notice some great changes.
3. Boost Your HGH Levels Naturally
There’s always a lot of controversies when athletes are found with high levels of HGH, or human growth hormone, in their bodies. However, it is possible to boost your HGH levels naturally thanks to boxing. HGH stimulates cell regeneration and growth and experts claim HGH levels increase when your VO2 levels peak during exercise. All the jumping, running, punching and dodging you do when you are boxing, or training to box get the VO2 levels high enough to boost the HGH levels. How cool is that?
4. It’s Great For Hand-Eye Coordination
Boxing really gets your mind working. You need to strategically throw your punches and avoid getting hit by your opponent. In fact, you will start to notice an allover boost to your self-awareness as well as your hand-eye coordination and memory. You’ll become more aware of how your body moves and you’ll also increase your reaction times in all areas and possibly avoid getting hit in the mouth. But just in case, you should still use mouth guards.
5. Boxing Is A Full Body Workout
Very few activities will get almost all of your body parts moving like boxing can. You need to bounce around on your feet, working your legs. Your hands and arms are active, as is your waist, neck, and spine. All that movement is going to help you lose weight and get into great shape. Even if you don’t plan on boxing competitively, you’ll still get an awesome full body workout. Listen to the boxing tips from your coach and you’ll have the agility and strength of a boxer in no time.
6. Decrease Your Stress Levels
Most people fully understand the mental benefits of exercise. It’s a great way to get rid of some tension and stress. Boxing, in particular, can really help you decrease your stress levels. For one, it’s an amazing form of exercise which is already easing the tension, but you all get to “punch out” your stress. Focus on the cause of your stress and pretend it’s in the punching bag. Then take out all of your stress and frustration on the bag.
7. Great Confidence Booster
It’s hard to feel confident when you’re unfit and out of shape. As you start to get fitter and healthier during boxing training you’ll also start to feel stronger. Feeling that fantastic is always going to have a great impact on your confidence. As you become more skilled you may even win a few sparring rounds in the ring. Put all of that together and you’ll find your confidence levels at an all-time high.
Violence is never okay, but that doesn’t mean you can’t defend yourself. Once you learn the fine art of boxing you’ll be in a better position to defend yourself if you even need to. Interestingly, even your body language can act as a deterrent. Once you get yourself physically fit and looking confident you won’t look like an easy target so you’ll be able to defend yourself, but most likely, you won’t have to.
9. Improves Core Strength & Stability
Boxing is very much a choreographed dance in the ring. In particular, most of the moves engage your core muscles. From throwing a right hook to dodging an uppercut, your core is always active. This constant activity will strengthen your core even more. The constant movement in boxing, avoiding a punch, or even getting knocked about little forces you to try and stay upright. This will help you with your all overstability as well.
10. Boxing Is Great For Bonding
Apart from all the benefits you can get from boxing, think of helping kids with them as well. Boxing is a great way to bond with kids as you teach them the moves and workout with them. Get some kids boxing gloves and boxing shoes for the little boxer and some for yourself. Book some ring time and have some fun.
There are dozens of exercises and workouts you can do for your mind, body, and soul, but boxing is in a class of its own. Not only is it going to help you improve your physical and mental health, but it’s also a lot of fun. Find yourself a sparring partner and get into the ring.