Physically and mentally, boxing is hard to beat as one of the most rewarding forms of exercise.
Luckily, you don’t need to be pursuing a career in the ring to learn the ropes of this sport—in fact, all you need is your body and the right mindset! Anyone can benefit from the power, speed, agility, and hand-eye coordination of this versatile sport.
Adding boxing to your home workout routine can provide the following benefits:
Boxing is Intense Cardio
Boxing is just a power sport right? Wrong!
Many underestimate the aerobic intensity of a boxing workout, instead believing that brute strength is the key to success. In reality, the wide range of movements, like punches, blocking and footwork, combine to drive up your heart rate within minutes.
This means that many professional boxers are actually in peak cardiovascular health. Regularly engaging in this level of exercise intensity massively reduces the risk of medical issues like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It’s also a great source of endorphins—responsible for the well known “runner’s high” that’s actually a result of all high-intensity cardio!
Boxing Engages Every Muscle
There is a common misconception that boxing is purely an upper body workout. The power behind a punch actually starts from the lower body, passing up through the hips and core and out through your arm. During a session, most muscles in the upper body are fired up, but without engaging the lower body your shots will lack speed and power.
Boxing is a HUGE Calorie Burner
As discussed above, the unique blend of strength and cardio training offered by boxing activates your whole body to give you a great aerobic workout. In a session, not only are you burning fat, you’re also building muscle. This changes the composition of your body, boosting the number of mitochondria in your cells and boosting your metabolism.
What does all this mean? Mitochondria are responsible for converting calories into energy the body can use. A boxing workout is therefore the perfect way to supercharge your metabolism, helping you on your way to a leaner, trimmer you!
Boxing Boosts Hand-Eye Coordination
A session of boxing can be broken down into a series of combinations—for example: double jab, cross, uppercut, jab. Throw in some ducks, side-steps and slips, and you have a complex sequence that demands precise execution.
Furthermore, the ultimate aim of boxing is to connect with a target, meaning it demands enhanced hand-eye coordination. When you combine this with nimble footwork, you’ll see your balance, agility, and coordination skyrocket.
Boxing is Fun Stress Relief
All exercise prompts your body to release endorphins. These compounds interact with receptors in the brain to trigger a feeling of satisfaction or positivity. Boxing takes this to the next level by combining this mood boost with the opportunity to unleash pent-up anger or frustration… ahem, 2020—just sayin’.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for a highly effective home workout during these strange and trying times, or are just wanting to shake up your existing exercise routine, then boxing could well be your answer. Despite its high intensity, it’s fun and often cathartic for anyone wanting to relieve stress.
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