5 benefits of boxing for fitness

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Are you looking for a great workout that will torch calories, is fun and challenges you both mentally and physically?

Boxing may be your new favourite exercise and according to healthy mummy Kristy Mead, Boxing not only helps to strengthen and tone your muscles, it also helps reduce stress and is whole lot of fun.

Starting her own journey on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, Kirsty now embodies someone who genuinely enjoys exercising.

Kristy Mead boxing

Where can you do it?

 

Healthy Mummy Boxing with Laura

You can do boxing at your local gym or if the gym is not your thing, simply pick up some boxing gloves and focus pads at a sports store and go train in a park around your neighbourhood.

If you need some help with where to start you can do boxing with The Healthy Mummy’s awesome boxing trainer Laura Greenwood.  Laura gives you expert guidance in our 5 star rated app when you become a 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member.

The amazing Laura brings us express boxing workouts that can be done in 10 minute directly in The Healthy Mummy app.  So whether you’ve never boxed before or if you’re experienced, Laura has you covered with workouts for beginners and advanced workouts.

Kristy’s 5 reasons you should try boxing for fitness

Kristy says to look for gloves with good padding and support around the thumbs, wrists and knuckles.

1. Torch calories

Boxing is high intensity in nature so will incinerate calories fast! It is fabulous for weight loss as your body will continue to burn calories long after you stop working out.

Boxing will help you burn 500-800 calories per hour.

But even better, post-workout the body experiences the EPOC phenomenon — Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption. This means that the body continues to burn calories at an elevated rate even after the workout has ended. This occurs because the body needs to replenish oxygen levels, remove lactic acid build-up, and restore the body’s energy reserves. It can lead to an additional calorie burn of up to 200-300 calories in the hours following a boxing session.

2. A form of anger management

Boxing is a great (and healthy) way to blow off some steam. Let’s face it… punching something feels pretty darn good when you’re stressed. Get those feel good hormones – endorphins and adrenaline flowing.

Overall boxing:

  • Reduces stress and other negative emotions

  • Lifts a bad mood after a rough day

  • Improves sleep after an intense workout

  • Teaches you to relax under pressure and keep your confidence. You must shift a mindset of limitations to one of potential.

  • Boxing allows you to tune out the noise and get into a state of flow.

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3. It doesn’t feel like exercise

Boxing is fun! It’s a massive challenge for your coordination, your body and your mind, and is totally exhilarating getting to the end of a smashing session.

The more interesting and varied you can make fitness, the more likely you are to stick with it. 

Boxing is fun, even for people who have no interest in violent sports. When the only thing hit is a bag and there are minimal safety risks, anyone can do it and most enjoy it. 

4. It keeps you accountable

Boxing for fitness = accountability. You need a buddy to box with right? You don’t want to ditch your friend and leave her punching nothing.

5. Blast the belly bulge

Boxing is a killer workout for the core. High intensity boxing training has been shown to decrease body fat and improve overall body composition.  Not only does boxing strengthen and tone the upper body and greatly improve cardiovascular fitness, it helps to build core stability and strength.

Kristy’s weight loss journey

Kristy Mead lost an incredible 30kg in just 10 months on the Healthy Mummy weight loss program. 

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Kristy started the Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge weighing 93kg.  She reached her goal weight of 63kg  in 10 months – losing 30kg.

She has two children under the age of four. A former self confessed couch potato, she is has turned her life around and is now an advocate for making fitness fun for kids.

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