Boxing-centered fitness has been in the peripheral vision of the fitness industry for decades—not quite in the mainstream but not out of the picture either. With the success of boxing fitness centers such as HTX FightCamp, boxing is moving to the forefront of many workout routines and personal trainers. There are 5 major benefits of incorporating boxing into your fitness routine. Read more below!
1. Boxing Enhances Cardiovascular Health
You can’t read one health magazine without an article popping up about cardiovascular health or something related to improving it. The bottom line is you need cardio to prevent heart disease, to burn excess calories, and to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
Unfortunately, the idea of cardio exercises that come to mind is the treadmill or a Stairmaster—BORING! Don’t get us wrong, cardio is good no matter how you get it—after all, the point of cardio is to put a moderate amount of stress on your heart and lungs so they grow stronger and facilitate healthy exercise.
That being said, there is no reason why your cardio can’t involve any activity that accomplishes those two things. You can get a very well-rounded cardio workout from simple boxing training routines such as punching, footwork, defensive training, hand-eye coordination exercises, speed bags, and more. Boxing will give your heart and lungs one of the most intense cardio workouts of any regimen and it’s fun!
2. Boxing Improves Overall Body Strength
Even though punching, footwork, jumping rope and other boxing related workouts may be fun, they do require a significant amount of strength. Most heavy bags are called that for a reason—they weight at least 100lbs.
In a typical boxing workout, you will probably punch a heavy bag over a hundred times, easily. This requires your upper body, lower body, and your core to work together as you make contact with the heavy bag. Not to mention, a boxing workout consists of more than just punching. There are strength building exercises such as pushups, squats, planks, and even kettlebell exercises.
3. Boxing Works On Your Hand-Eye Coordination
Not many people make the important connection between hand-eye coordination and its impact on your total health, but it plays a huge role in one’s motor skills. If you have good hand-eye coordination you will have quicker reflexes, faster reaction times, and you will tend to have a better overall physical coordination. This is very important as we age as our coordination, balance, and reflexes can become weaker which increases our risk for falls and other coordination related accidents.
Boxing helps with this problem and helps you develop and keep good hand-eye coordination. When you are hitting the speed bag or engaging in some mitt work you are able to see your target, react, and punch all while you’re anticipating its movement. It’s not easy but with more and more practice you will build your hand-eye coordination up significantly.
4. Boxing Decreases Stress
It may not sound like boxing can be a tool to reduce stress but because it increases endorphins, gives your mood a boost, can work as a form of meditation, and improves your sleep—boxing is actually quite effective at reducing stress.
First, in a boxing workout, you will shift back and forth between high-intensity exercises and moderate activities for recovery before shifting back to high-intensity exercises. When you are zoned in on pushing through a bout of intense exercise, you tend to forget how bad your day was, the bills you have to pay or the household to-dos that keep stacking up. You’re just trying to make it through that few minutes to get to the recovery period and then start all over.
Second, there’s an amazing feeling associated with knocking the stuffing out of a punching bag and releasing your stress from the day. Having a bad day at work? Hit the bag. Do bills keep piling up? Hit the bag. You get the idea.
5. Boxing Improves Your Body Composition
Often times, many people focus too much on weight loss and then they forget that while weight loss can be beneficial if you are overweight—there are other aspects of fitness that need focusing on as well. One of those is body composition, that is, you want to increase muscle and get lean while losing fat. If you improve your body composition you will also lose weight as a byproduct.
When you actively follow a boxing training regimen which includes the exercises, strength training, nutrition, and cardio you will improve your body composition as well as notice the scale going down as it should.