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The Benefits Of Boxing

All forms of exercise can be beneficial and worthwhile but some are definitely more fun and exciting than others. While spending hours on the treadmill may bring about some desired results, many find that it is tedious to say the least. In order to get the very most out of a workout it would be advisable to find an exercise that you actually look forward to doing. Cycling serves that purpose for some, while others enjoy jogging or doing zumba or any number of other physical activities.

A growing number of people are finding that putting on a pair of boxing gloves and throwing jabs and punches is precisely the ticket for them when it comes to a form of physical activity that gives great results and is fun to do. First of all, it would be hard to find an exercise or workout routine that would provide better results than boxing would. It improves strength, both physically and mentally. Those who participate in this sport find that it is an excellent source of stress relief. The feeling that many boxers get when they find their “zone” is similar to the “runners high” that is so highly touted by runners. During a strenuous workout with the punching bag or sparring with an opponent one is likely to experience the release of endorphins that brings about a feeling of euphoria and well being. Many boxers claim that this feeling is rather addictive in a good way.

Another benefit that should not be overlooked is that boxing can improve bone density. This is a big deal because science shows that bone density peaks in one’s thirties and then gradually declines with age unless steps are taken to combat this trend. Boxing is a great way to fight the gradual weakening that results from bones that have become less dense and more subject to fractures.

One of the objectives many of us have in our workouts is to burn as many calories as possible. This is another area in which boxing really shines. A sparring match can burn a substantial amount of calories which greatly helps in loss of unwanted pounds.

If you are one of the many who desire not only strong but also toned and well defined muscles, boxing may be just the physical activity you are looking for.

In addition to sculpted muscles, one who participates in boxing can also achieve some great improvement in their cardiovascular fitness and overall physical well-being. The really great thing is that while you are gaining all these tremendous health benefits, you are having fun in the process. That is hard to beat.

Nancy Smith