According to the latest fitness trends, boxing is expected to make a huge comeback in 2018, with fitness fanatics opting for this phenomenal form of exercise, but why? “Boxing has grown tremendously over the last few years as a serious vehicle for the average person to get fit,” says Colin Nathan, South African Boxing Trainer and Manager, and Owner of Hot Box Gym in Johannesburg.
“You see Personal Trainers at big commercial gyms putting wraps and gloves on their clients, doing boxing drills and punch combinations. So I think any form of fitness training that isn’t the conventional treadmill running or lifting dumbbells will do well, and that goes for boxing too,” says Nathan.
Here are Some of the Benefits of Boxing
Enhanced Cardiovascular Health
Cardio exercise will protect you from heart disease and maintain your weight. It doesn’t have to involve exercises such as running on a treadmill.
The point of cardio exercise is to put a controlled amount of stress on your heart and lungs so that they are exercised enough to make adaptions to support a higher level of physical activity.
The important thing to do is to keep your heart rate up during your workout and Boxing will definitely keep it up there.
Improved Total-Body Strength
Punching a bag requires a surprising amount of strength – the Pros make it look like a bag weighs almost nothing! They say that the power in a punch comes from your arms only, but in fact it comes from the ground up from your legs, through your core, and then into your arms.
Boxing is a great way to tone your muscles while burning calories and fat, as well as improving your mobility. Most boxing gyms also incorporate other strength and conditioning exercises into their programme, such as skipping rope.
Better Hand-Eye Coordination & New Skills
Hand-eye coordination is really important to maintain total health and it plays an important role in a person’s motor skills. People who have good coordination will often have faster reflexes which will help when you are older because your coordination starts to slip. This could lead to falls.
Boxing will help with hand-eye coordination. When you are punching a speed bag or sparring with a partner, you need to be able to see the target and hit it while it is moving around. Practice makes perfect and your coordination will improve pretty quickly.
You will also find that your concentration improves. Part of the addition is new and improved skills – becoming faster and stronger every day.
Most forms or moderate and intense workouts will decrease stress. No matter how you are feeling, once you start hitting that bag, your brain increases production of endorphins (the feel-good hormone), which then boosts your mood. Punching also relieves tension in the muscles.
Once you have realised the health benefits of boxing, you may want to share your knowledge with other people so they can also be happier, enjoy better health and have an improved overall body condition.
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