5 reasons to choose boxing as a workout!

May 13, 2016

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If you choose boxing as your workout it will improve every type of physical capacity in your body including: strength, power, coordination, aerobic fitness, anaerobic fitness and endurance.

During the class you will do these exercises: heavy bag, speed-ball spring-ball and medicine-ball work, skipping, running, weight-training (calisthenics mainly) and wind-sprints.

1. Enhanced Cardiovascular Health

You hear it all the time: You need to do cardio to protect yourself from heart disease, burn calories, and lose or maintain your weight. But “doing cardio” doesn’t have to mean hopping on a treadmill to log your required minutes – how boring is that? The reason for cardio is to  place a moderate amount of stress on your heart and lungs so that they’re challenged enough to make beneficial physiologic adaptations to support the higher level of physical activity. As long as you keep your heart rate up during your workout, there’s no reason you can’t punch, kick, and jump your way to a healthy heart in class.

2. Improved Total-Body Strength

All that punching, kicking, and jumping requires a surprising amount of strength. Think about it – most professional heavy bags weigh at least 100 pounds. During a boxing workout, you may punch or kick a bag hundreds of times, requiring your upper body, lower body, and core to engage as you make contact with the bag.

3. Better Hand-Eye Coordination

You may not think about the importance of hand-eye coordination and its affect on total health, but hand-eye coordination plays an important role in a person’s gross and fine motor skills. Individuals with good hand-eye coordination tend to have faster reflexes and reaction times, and tend to have better physical coordination as a whole. This is particularly important during aging, as coordination and balance become compromised, increasing the risk of falls. Boxing can help improve hand-eye coordination. When punching a speed bag or you’re paired up to spar with a partner (practice punching your partner’s padded mitts), you must be able to see the target, react to the target, and hit the target, all while the target is moving and changing position. It’s not easy, but with practice, your hand-eye coordination improves substantially.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”11902″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text delay=”0″]

4. Decreased Stress

Almost any form of moderate to intense physical activity can decrease stress. Exercise increases endorphin’s, boosts mood, works as a form of meditation, and improves sleep, all of which help reduce stress. Sometimes you need to sweat out your frustrations! Boxing is a great outlet for stress for two reasons: First, during a boxing workout you typically transition between high intensity of exercise to moderate intensity recovery periods. When you’re pushing yourself through a couple minutes of high-intensity punching or kicking, you don’t have much mental power left to worry about anything. And even during rest periods, you’ll be focused on sucking wind and mentally preparing for the next round, not stressing over your packed schedule. By releasing stress out on a punching bag you will feel empowered![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text delay=”0″]

5. Improved Body Composition

Boxing is great for improving body composition and weight loss, however what you really want to do is improve your body composition – to increase your muscle mass and decrease your fat mass. Boxing is an incredible mechanism for improved body composition because it perfectly combines muscle-building strength training moves and calorie-burning of cardio. By regularly participating in a boxing class 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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text delay=”0″]

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5 reasons to choose boxing as a workout!