5 Reasons To Take Up Boxing
Boxing requires the participant to be fit and flexible. Warming up in the gym alone will need a series of stretching and physical exercises to warm up the muscles to prevent injuries during sparring and contests. Training outside the gym is also recommended, and can include running, swimming and weight training. Within the boxing club, there will be increased opportunities for training on punch bags and speed balls, along with actual sparring sessions that will also increases cardio vascular activity.
2. SELF CONFIDENCE
By taking on Boxing lessons, an individual will learn new skills and find their strengths and abilities in the sport. By learning techniques and combinations of punches, a boxer will increase their ability in the boxing ring. Knowing that they have the physical skills, knowledge and power to overcome other pugilistic contestants, will increase the confidence in the boxer’s ability to handle physical confrontations. This will increase their self confidence to take on other challenges in life too.
3. PHYSICAL CO-ORDINATION
Many techniques in boxing involve accurate body movements. This can range from footwork, upper body movements and the best postures to increase the power behind a punch. The hand to eye co-ordination is increased in the training gym especially when working with punch bags and speed balls. Training sparring sessions will teach students to avoid being punched, by swaying the upper body out of the way, or by turning the body away from an incoming flurry of punches. Even learning to ‘ride’ a punch to minimise the impact is taught in boxing.
4. SELF DEFENCE
There is no doubt that knowing how to fight can often help to avoid getting into physical confrontations in the first place. As a boxer gets into a ring often, the prospect of a fight by someone squaring up to them is not so scary, and more often than not they will not panic, and be able to reason their way out of the situation. The ability to control the ‘fight or flight’ effect of adrenalin is increased, and facing a potential fight, a calm and controlled opponent can be quite scary. Should the situation deteriorate, the ability to deliver punches and avoid incoming punches will help too, as will defensive postures, and evasive techniques.
5. SELF DISCIPLINE AND CONTROL
Boxing requires a great deal of discipline and control. It may not be wise to go on an all out attack too early in a contest, and it might take a great deal of self discipline to restrain doing just that. Boxing has a number of rules that have to be followed in the ring, and keeping control of your emotions when you are being hit takes some character. Certain punches and delivery to certain parts of the body are illegal, as is fighting beyond the bell indicating the end of the round.
In summary, taking up boxing can increase your fitness, give you self confidence, improve your physical co-ordination, develop some self defence skills and improve your self discipline and control!