Why boxing training is great for your physical and mental health
As we make our way into the first month of a new decade, no doubt you will have seen the countless articles online about ‘new year, new me’ or ‘how to make 2020 your best year yet’.
If you haven’t worked it out already then I’m sure it won’t be too long before you realise that attached to every article will be a product being sold. Said product, according to the writer, will invariably change your life, boost your wealth and make you live to 100!
‘What has this got to do with boxing?’ you ask, the answer, essentially, is nothing.
However, I’m going to give you a no-strings-attached breakdown of how boxing training can improve your physical and mental health, whether you choose to pay £100 per month at a fancy gym or work out in your best mates garage:
1. When you look good, you feel good
Boxing training is one of the best forms of all-body exercising.
Comprising of a range of workouts from skipping, bag work, press-ups and sit-ups to sprints, squat jumps and shadow boxing.
There is something to target every muscle in the body. Stripping away excess fat and toning natural muscle will positively change the look of your body.
Not all of us are lucky enough to have the body of an athlete but, psychologically, noticing these small changes will boost inner confidence and self-esteem.
2. Boxing Training brings clarity of thought
Mental health is one of the biggest buzz words on the internet these days and everyone has an opinion.
It is hard to argue that when your body is engaged in a work out you have time to sweat the small stuff.
Cutting edge psychologists are now advocating boxing training as a way to occupy the body and let the mind find it’s natural state. Working a punching bag, I find, is the most effective way to put this into practice, six to eight rounds should do it!
3. Attitude towards nutrition and lifestyle
Committing to training two-to-three times per week will pay dividends both in the short and long term.
By commitment I mean commitment. Done properly, training should be treated with the importance of a job; that means no lateness and no cutting corners.
Once you’ve entered into a training routine, nutrition and lifestyle take on a whole new meaning. You will become much more aware of your body and how you feel after eating stodgy foods or not drinking enough water. Like a vehicle, your body will begin to respond better or worse depending on the fuel that you put in.
4. Stress buster
Probably the most common benefit attributed to boxing is that it relieves stress. The reason this is the most popular benefit is because it is so true!
Hitting a punching bag or set of pads not only visibly showcases the fight against stress and anger but scientifically your brain is producing millions of endorphins.
5. Sleep regulation
For those that suffer from insomnia or difficulty sleeping, boxing training is a great way to regulate your sleep pattern.
Training before work is the toughest option but will yield the best results most quickly. Not only will you be more awake for the day but, by the time it gets to bedtime, your body will crave sleep.
There may be a difficult period where your body adjusts to early starts on little sleep but after a week or so it will find a new rhythm and better sleeping pattern. This, in turn, will help to regulate your mood.
Get your new training routine off to a great start by treating yourself to a pair of Cleto Reyes bag gloves.