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To Box or Not To Box?!

Jan 6, 2012

Tired of the same old cardio routine you do on the treadmill every week or bored with the same monotonous workout? Well, have you considered giving boxing a try before? This type of workout is not just for the professional athlete anymore. Boxing for the masses is gaining more and more popularity and for good reasons too! Training like a boxer allows one to improve not only muscle endurance but cardiovascular endurance as well. This high intensity workout can produce a significant amount of weight loss if performed properly. According to FITDAY.com, "boxing for 60 minutes per day can result in calorie burn up to around 600 calories." Boxing workouts not only produce weight loss results but improves the cardiovascular system at the same time. If you are experiencing shortness of breath and/or fatigue during your normal workouts, then you may have a weak cardiovascular system. Boxing in rounds of 3 minutes with a 1 minute rest in between will help to strengthen the heart, thus improving overall cardio endurance. Muscle endurance will also improve with this type of workout. Most people assume boxing is strictly an upper body workout, but it works so much more. When striking a punching bag or mitts, both core and legs are involved. The main muscle groups in the lower body that are being engaged are the quadraceps, hamstrings, gastrocnemius and soleus (calf) muscles. The main muscle groups engaged in the core are the abdominals, internal and external obliques. Lastly, the biceps, erector spinae (muscles in the back), pectoralis (chest muscles), and the latissimus (back muscles)muscle groups are all being engaged in the upper body. So from now on, think of boxing as an excellent total body workout. If the previous benefits of boxing were not enough reason to convince you to try boxing , maybe knowing that it is a mood booster will! All excerise increases the release of hormones called endorphins. These hormones, when released into the brain, create a feeling of happiness, thus the reason endorphins are known as the "happy hormone." Engaging in a boxing routine will not only release endorphins into the brain, but will reduce stress and aggression in the process. A perfect type of workout to do after a long day at work! So, if you are ready to get out of your cardio "rut" and spice up your workout routine, then go out, purchase a pair of gloves and give boxing a try!

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