For a long time boxing was considered as a man’s sport but we’ve come a long way since those days. The stigma, however, remains and only a select few women take up boxing, not for competitive reasons but for losing weight and getting in shape.
There are many reasons why women should consider taking up boxing as their go-to workout. The positives far outweigh the negatives.
Here are a few reasons why more women should consider boxing:
1 Stress Relief
Imagine going to the gym after a tough day at work but instead of hopping onto a spin bike you get to punch a bag for 45 to 60 minutes. All that tension you brought to the gym from work will melt away in a puddle of sweat by your feet as you continuously beat your punching bag. By the time you get home the endorphins will have taken over and you will feel a lot better.
2 To Tone
Instead of building muscle you will be toning up your body. By the time you reach your goal weight, you will look like an athlete and not a bodybuilder.
3 Entire Body Workout
If you want a strong core then boxing is a sure fire way of getting one. It doesn’t just work your arms and shoulders but also the rest of your body as you twist and turn to deliver different punches. After your third or fourth class, you will begin to feel muscles ache that you didn’t even know you had.
4 A Strong Confident Woman
Your arms, legs, and core will be working extra hard during a boxing training session. With all the repetitive movements your body will build up strength over time and as you tone up it will become stronger. And as we all know, strong is the new skinny.
5 A Happy Heart
When you take part in a strenuous workout that has you breathing heavily to the point of being out of breath, your heart rate increases. This means it is pumping blood to the rest of your body, strengthening your heart and lowering the chances of heart attacks and strokes later in life.
6 No Gym Membership Required
If you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy going to the gym then you can still get your boxing workout in. All you need are gloves, a punching bag, jump rope and medicine ball. With these few items, you can get in your daily workout without breaking the bank or having to leave your home. So no worrying about how you look after a long day of work or feeling self-conscious of how you look in your new workout leggings.
If you’re struggling with your self-confidence then boxing can definitely help. By learning something new with your body and feeling how you progress with each class, you will soon feel like a new person. If you’re doing it for the weight loss and sticking with it you will soon regain the confidence that you lost after picking up that little bit of weight.
8 Self Defense
Knowing that you can defend yourself when the situation arises can be a very powerful and liberating feeling. We’re not saying go look for trouble but when trouble does come knocking you know you can sit a guy down before he even thinks of doing anything shady. You will also walk taller and look more confident which takes away the image of you being a soft target.
If you’re in two minds about what type of workout to take then definitely consider taking a boxing class or two.