Ever put on a pair of boxing gloves and just WAILED on the bag? I have recently found a new love for boxing, it’s health benefits, and beyond. It’s something I never would have thought I would get so into. Both physical and emotional pains are things I try to avoid.
My personal trainer had mentioned a few times prior what a great stress reliever it would be for me… but I just blew him off each time. One day, I noticed him and one of his other clients smacking the pads and dancing around the room, which intrigued me. And that was the moment I chose to just go for it. My trainer was so excited, he went as far as buying a pair of pink boxing gloves just for me to use (which was pretty cool). For me, boxing has been a huge way to relieve stress, but more importantly… it’s a release of all pent-up emotion. I feel I have been able to “break the masks” that I’ve been hiding behind. I feel the pieces of me (that were no longer serving me) start to fall away with each jab and cross. Every time I hit the pads and hear that “POP,” a little more of the anger, resentment, self-doubt, and sadness leave my body! All the self-loathing, lack of motivation, internal conflict, and negativity that used to eat me up…. gets left in the ring. I am one notch closer to who I want to be with every single punch. If you haven’t tried it… I suggest giving it a go.
And even if it’s just for exercise, you can consider boxing your all-in-one cardio/strength workout. I find that you are so focused on the technique and punching combos, that you don’t even realize your heart rate climbing into that fat-burning zone. And Harvard Medical School agrees with me… they published this list of benefits in an article in November 2015.
KEY BENEFITS TO BOXING:
- Improves balance
- Helps posture
- Strengthens upper- body and core
- Boosts endurance
- May increase alertness
- Enhances mood
- improves hand-eye coordination
I encourage you to make a switch to your current routine. If you know you have some built up anger, resentment, hurt or stress… this could be a great therapeutic choice. Like two-birds-one-stone really: You get the stress out and get stronger and leaner all in the same hour. You might be putting your therapy sessions on pause while you deliver your own “treatment.”I leave each boxing session a little bit taller. The gloves come off and I walk away feeling renewed. I feel as though I am one step closer to the powerhouse woman I want to become. Creating that person I envision myself to be has truly been the hardest battle I have ever had to fight. The fact that I was struggling with all these negative voices was bringing me down rather than up. These voices were putting up this invisible barrier that stood between who I was and who I wanted to become. Boxing, to me, is about defeating that voice that tells me I can’t do something. It is my way to conquer and crush my invisible opponents; to hold up my arms in victory and announce confidently, “That’s one more demon I have defeated… WHO’S NEXT!?”
Ding… freaking… Ding