Are you stuck in a rut with your exercise routine, and looking for something a little different in your bid to keep your body fit and healthy?
Have you ever thought about boxing?
While it has long been considered the arena (see what we did there) of sweaty males with too much testosterone and a hunger for blood, guts and gore, here at Chic Living we think that boxing for babes is set to become the next big thing!
Introducing Fitness Boxing!
Fitness boxing involves throwing punches at the air; at a punching bag; or a partner holding up pads (could be your literal partner, a friend, or your personal trainer).
Your fitness boxing routine will likely include jabs, hooks, and upper cuts, and be interspersed with other movements such as squats and lunges.
And there are several very good reasons to consider adding fitness boxing (as opposed to fighting other people) to your exercise strategy …
Why We Love Fitness Boxing
First and foremost – boxing for fitness is a great workout for body, mind and spirit! Pretty much every single part of your being is activated and engaged when you are boxing for fitness, including your brain. That makes it super fun and the time just flies by!
However if you want to get more specific:
- Fitness boxing is a great cardio workout – it gets you moving and that gets your heart rate up, which helps to lower your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
- Much like yoga and pilates, those boxing manoevures helps strengthen your core – the muscles in your abdomen and back which support your spine. That means better posture, and less back pain!
- It’s also excellent for improving your balance;
- As well as hand-eye coordination.
- And while we don’t encourage violence as a way of expressing anger or aggression, boxing is great for stress relief (and we won’t judge you if you should happen to be picturing your annoying co-worker or noisy neighbour as you punch …)
- Plus, like any form of exercise, it can trigger a cascade of those feel good hormones and chemicals in your body , like endorphins, oxytocin and serotonin, boosting your mood.
Have we convinced you of the benefits of boxing for babes yet?
You’ll probably find a fitness boxing class at your local gym, or you can try it one-on-one with a personal trainer.
You could even set yourself up at home with a pair of boxing gloves and a punching bag, though we recommend going to a few classes or training sessions first so you can learn the basics!
If you are tired of the same old-same old at the gym, or think that burpees suck, or that the words “exercise” and “fun” are polar opposites – try fitness boxing on for size. You just might be surprised!