5 Reasons You Should Add Boxing To Your Fitness Routine
By Dundee Kim on 6 June 2017
Regardless of whether or not you’d like to end up versing opponents in a ring, boxing offers a number of mental and physical benefits that you simply won’t find in any other workout. Whether you are young or old, fit or unfit, boxing can change your life.
Here are 5 reasons you should add boxing to your fitness routine:
Full Body Workout
Boxing is an all-over body workout. In fact, it has been named the number one sport for increasing your overall athleticism, thanks to its high scores across a range of categories including endurance, speed, agility, durability, speed, power, hand-eye coordination and more. Boxing regularly will improve your total body strength, cardiovascular fitness and your overall health.
Boxing is very cathartic - it’s the perfect outlet for stress, frustration, anger and anxiety. When you are pushing yourself through your high-intensity punching or kicking exercises you simply do not have time for the worries that usually cloud your mind.
Several studies have confirmed the positive effects that boxing can have on mood. One study in particular, conducted by the Japan Journal of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences found that boxing;
- Reduces negative emotions
- Provides positive engagement
- Induces a state of tranquillity
- Improves mental clarity
- Decreases anxiety, anger and depression
Boxing regularly will improve your health, fitness and self-esteem. With the sedentary modern lifestyle, it’s very easy to lose the sense of confidence that comes from feeling comfortable, present and in-tune with your body. Boxing will provide you with this sense of confidence and so much more.
Learn a New Skill
For most people, mastering boxing techniques is much more satisfying than running on a treadmill or using a step machine. Boxing isn’t just exercise - it’s a craft. When it comes to your boxing training, you will always have a new technique to learn or a skill to refine. The focus that boxing requires makes time fly. You probably won’t even realise that you have had an intense all-over body workout until your session is up.
Improve Your Body Composition
Coupled with the right nutrition, boxing can completely transform your body. Just think of Michael B. Jordan in Creed, Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw and Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby. Boxing increases muscle mass and decreases fat mass - it perfectly combines muscle-building strength training and calorie-torching bouts of cardio.
Convinced? Find your local boxing gym and sign up. You won’t regret it.
About the Expert
Dundee Kim learned the art of boxing to protect himself from school bullies. He later became a two-time amateur boxing champion in South Korea. Dundee is now the owner and operator of Brisbane Boxing Gym, and has trained the likes of Jeff ‘The Hornet’ Horn and John ‘The Beast’ Mugabi.