Boxing is a fantastic all-round workout. It’s about cardiovascular endurance and improving your fitness. It’s about muscular endurance: that feeling when your body is telling you it can’t punch any more, but the will to win keeps you going. And it’s about strength, developing most of the muscle groups in the body – legs, chest, back, shoulders, arms and core – to ensure every contact you make, every punch you land, really counts.
And in fact, the benefits go beyond the physical and into the realm of mental and emotional health. We’ve all had one of those tough days when a workout has hugely boosted our mood – and of course, any workout helps. But for anyone who hasn’t tried it before, I believe there’s nothing to beat the feeling of going a few rounds on a bag. The sense of punching your troubles and your stresses away is amazing. We all need that release, and boxing provides it.
I also believe boxing boosts confidence. There’s a sense of empowerment and reassurance that comes from having some self-defence knowledge.