There are so many benefits of boxing for both mental and physical health. We spoke to the team at Undercard Boxing to find out more.
Any type of exercise, high or low intensity, has amazing effects, both mentally and physically. More people now realise that boxing is the ultimate exercise because you not only get a full-body workout, but gain strength, and increase endurance.
The physical benefits are endless and include lowered risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes or having a stroke – Increased bone and muscle strength, better upper-body and core strength, improved balance, greater endurance level, eight management and improved hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
Boxing is also great for your mental health
Let’s face it, life can be stressful. Boxing, as a form of exercise, is a positive way to relieve stress. Strapping on a pair of gloves and punching a bag is a great way to clear your head.
The sport requires laser focus, so there’s really only one thing on your mind. Fight and defend. Having the freedom of movement and the challenge of always bettering yourself. And not to forget the ability to hit a bag and get that release out of your system. There’s nothing more chaotic and peaceful at the same time. Yin and Yang!
Boxing is also great for building self confidence. When you feel strong physically, you feel stronger mentally. This growth in confidence can also help to reduce anxiety.
In addition to being a great form of exercise, learning the skills of boxing has a practical application. In a world that can leave us feeling vulnerable at times, having the confidence that comes from boxing is a tremendous asset, giving you the ability to defend/protect yourself.
5 Tips for First Time Boxers
1. Find a good gym with experienced boxing coaches who can teach the fundamentals of boxing. This will make your boxing journey a lot more enjoyable and help reduce the risk of injury.
2. Learn how to wrap your hands for boxing. This helps prevent injury to the hands, which take a lot of punishment. It’s best to get a good pair of well-padded bag gloves.
3. Avoid overtraining. Constant punching stresses your joints, bones and muscles. It especially puts strain on the tendons and ligaments, so plenty of time must be left between heavy bag sessions.
4. Shadowboxing. Practicing your skills in front of a mirror and focusing on defensive skills and correcting techniques is highly beneficial.
5. Eat well. A bad diet can ruin all that you have worked for on those hard training days.
About Undercard Boxing
Quickly growing a cult following, Boxing has become the go-to fitness regime for the likes of supermodels, elite athletes and high profile business professionals across the globe. Undercard is putting a new spin on the classic sport, crossing between traditional boxing and high-intensity 50-minute workouts that train your whole body, combining cardiovascular, strength and agility elements for metabolic conditioning.
Founder of Undercard boxing Kes Commerford saw a gap in the market for commercially friendly boxing studios that can teach you the fundamentals of boxing through group training classes for anyone and everyone. “Undercard, at its core, is about throwing punches. We want you to be lean, mean fighting machines with killer abs and jabs.”
To see more about Undercard, visit here.