Boxing is so much more than a high-energy workout and its benefits go beyond the physical and health advantages alone. It is a sport that permeates the four walls of the boxing ring and the benefits gained from stepping into a boxing gym can help improve your daily life.
Read below for five ways of joining a boxing gym can improve your life:
1. PHYSICAL HEALTH / HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
First and foremost, boxing has many benefits for your physical health. It is a full-body workout that requires cardiovascular endurance, coordination, agility, strength, and balance. Improved cardiovascular health will protect you from heart disease, burn calories, and help you to maintain your weight.
High-intensity training is also a great way to boost your metabolic rate, allowing your body to keep burning calories long after your workout has finished. By taking part in the sport, sparring and attending classes you will take part in regular anaerobic conditioning of your body. You will become stronger and healthier which will help you to get into shape and in turn help you to face your daily life feeling more energised.
Proper hydration and rest are also part of a boxer’s regime, and these components, when combined with physical exercise, will help your body and mindset to transform.
2. MENTAL STRENGTH / STRESS RELIEF
Boxing is the ultimate stress reliever and can be a sport which is therapeutic for many. It can be the perfect way to cope with and manage any stress from your daily life. By hitting a punching mitt or bag you can release any muscle tension which collects in your body when you’re feeling stressed – one jab / cross / hook at a time. In fact, research has shown that the act of punching itself releases endorphins in your bloodstream which helps you to step away from the boxing ring feeling more zen.
Intense physical exercise, such as boxing can also help to improve your sleep which in turn reduces stress on your body and mind and helps you to wake up feeling refreshed and recharged for the next day.
3. BUILD CONFIDENCE
As well as improving your physical strength and mental health, boxing can also improve your inner strength by enhancing your self-confidence.
As a beginner, boxing involves you learning how to defend yourself properly. The process of learning to box takes you on a journey of self-discovery and sparring with other members will constantly push you out of your comfort zone. The skills learned will also give you the confidence to step out of your comfort zone in your day to day life.
The more you spar, the more you train your brain to stand and fight, you are training both your mind and body to persist. You will learn about both courage and perseverance during your workout and this will leave you feeling equipped to handle whatever the day throws at you!
As you win fights, this sense of achievement will see your confidence increase. However, when you do experience losses, you will learn how to take these losses on the chin and how to face adversity in your life with patience.
4. HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE
Boxing is a demanding sport and requires hard work and discipline from each individual that steps into the ring.
Many of the mental skills you learn through boxing can help to improve your daily life. Understanding your opponents, working on your self-defence skills and working with others are all useful skills which you can take both into your work and social circles.
Boxing teaches you to never give up, to be persistent and to keep giving your best even if someone or something has knocked you down!
5. SOCIAL LIFE
From the outside, boxing is often viewed as an individual’s sport. In the boxing ring, you are forced to get into your own head and to stay focussed. However, an individual boxer always has a dedicated team around them and an amazing support system.
One of the incredible things about boxing is that, more often than not, you will be training with others. Whether that involves working with someone with the pads or someone holding your feet whilst you are doing situps.
Having a team around you and working with others is a great way to meet new people. You will meet people with similar interests in a healthier environment than at your local bar. You will build bonds with your sparring partners and be exposed to a network of boxers and coaches who work together. And, at The Ring you will become a part of our community.
Learning how to box can be empowering both inside and outside the ring. If you’re looking to get physically fit and improve your overall health, take your first step into The Ring! We have many different options for you to choose from.