1. Fat Burning
Did you know boxing can burn as much as 800-1000 calories per session? Here’s another fact you’ll appreciate even more: When performing high intensity training, you not only burn heaps of calories during the session, but for hours after the training session has ended. Typical cardio exercise does not have this post huge training calorie burning effect, therefore boxing is key to losing weight.
2. Increased Muscle Tone
A typical boxer’s physique is toned and defined without a lot of bulk, so that’s why it’s perfect if you want to really tone up. This is because punching is a fast repetitive action that produces toned taut muscles, in contrast to the slow, controlled, very heavy movements involved in body-building or weight lifting that produce size or bulk.
3. Build Strong Bones and Ligaments
Resistance training strengthens your bones, therefore reducing the progression of osteoporosis. In boxing, focus pads and punching bags provide resistance as does your own bodyweight when you perform push-ups, pull ups, lunges, burpees and various other exercises. Your joints, tendons and ligaments will also get stronger in response to working against resistance.
Using your bodyweight as can also help you maintain or increase your lean muscle mass which is absolutely critical to keeping your metabolic rate burning at maximum capacity. Thus Boxing can be of utmost importance if you are trying to lose body fat.
4. Increased Cardiovascular Fitness
Boxing is a full body movement so when you throw punches a huge number of your body’s muscles are contracting at the same time.
So, boxing will test your cardiovascular system to the max, forcing your body to adapt by making your heart and lungs better at delivering oxygen. Therefore, you can train at a higher intensity, giving an even greater fat burning effect.
5. Better Muscular Endurance
Boxing requires your muscles to contract repeatedly thus causing the muscles involved to fatigue. Therefore, the more you train, your muscles can keep contracting for a longer duration without getting tired, allowing you to train harder for longer and ultimately burn more calories.
6. Improved Core Stability
Anything that causes your body to become unstable, therefore, requires your core muscles to work harder to keep you balanced. Boxing requires lots of fast rotational movements, so these core muscles will develop to allow you to punch hard without losing your balance
7. Increased Strength and Power
Boxing is the ultimate full body workout. So, correctly thrown punches use your legs, hips, glutes, core, obliques, back, shoulders, chest and arms. Punching causes all of these muscles to contract with more force and speed, developing further your strength and power.
8. Stress Relief
Sure, boxing is a fantastic physical activity that can help you get in shape, but it has psychological benefits too. Hitting stuff can also make you feel really good! So, take out the stresses of your normal life in a safe, controlled environment. Boxing will leave you calm and relaxed, thus ready to tackle whatever curve-ball life throws at you next!
9. Improved Co-ordination and Body Awareness
Moving lots of parts at the same time requires a good connection between your brain and your body. So, with patience and practice, focus and discipline can transfer over to other sports and activities.
10. Greater Confidence and Self-Esteem
Mastering the techniques involved in boxing often makes people feel pretty good. So, the better your technique, the more force you can put into your punch. Thus, boosting your self-esteem and confidence as a by-product!