We have a challenge for you: The next time you are at a sporting goods store and you spot a heavy punching bag, we dare you not to touch it. That’s right, don’t punch it, don’t jab it and certainly don’t throw a massive roundhouse at it, just quietly walk right by it with your hands at your sides.
You can’t do it.
It might sound like an easy challenge, one even worth betting on, but you are likely doomed to fail this test. And this is simply because few men can pass up such an opportunity, many women as well. It is in the DNA of many that you must throw a punch at the heavy bag when you walk past it. It is was many of us are wired to do.
There are plenty of reasons why so many of us take a swing at that bag. Some think it’s just plain fun while others are letting out a little frustration. Either way, punching something can make you feel better. In fact, punching, jabbing, ducking and dodging makes for a good exercise program. Your Slidell chiropractor offers you a list of benefits you will enjoy by taking up boxing.
We think it is appropriate that this is on the top of our list. Hitting a heavy bag, throwing roundhouse punches and a series of jabs provides a good outlet for the build up of stress. Intense exercises, yes, boxing is an intense exercise, triggers the release of endorphins, the feel-good hormone, which, in turn, leaves you feeling happy and confident.
Increased Physical and Mental Toughness
Boxing is as much mental as it is physical. At first, when someone is in front of you threatening to hit you, it can be a scary thing. But the more you spar, the more you train your brain to man up and fight. Eventually, you learn how to take a punch and even if you are on the losing end of a match, you are still training your body and mind to persist.
When you acquire a new skill and become competent at it, you become more sure of yourself and self-confident. This holds especially true in boxing as the skills you learn could save you or a loved one from harm. Competence breeds confidence and confidence increases self-esteem.
Boxing is a high-intensity workout that can burn as much as 500 calories in a short period of time. And when you perform a high-intensity workout, like boxing for example, not only do you burn a ton of calories during the event, but for hours after the training as ended.
Typically, the body of a boxer is toned and defined without a lot of bulk, which is great of that is the look you want. The reason boxers avoid bulky bodies is because their exercises include fast and repetitive action, which produces taut, toned muscles. Bodybuilding, on the other hand, involves slow and controlled movements that produce bulk.