5 Ways Boxing Will Change Your Life

Boxing is so much more than just a sport. If you’ve ever gotten the chance to train, you’d fully understand that boxing requires not just stamina and endurance, but also heart. It’s so much more than simply hitting the heavy bag or focus mitts. It’s a battle of head vs heart – the ability to push on and keep going, even when you’re down to your last 2%. That’s why we believe that boxing can and will change your life, once you commit to it.   

Want to find out more? Then read on, because today, Evolve Daily reveals 5 Ways Boxing Will Change Your Life:

1) It toughens you up in more ways than one

UFC Lightweight World Champion Rafael Dos Anjos sharpens his striking skills at Evolve MMA.

UFC Lightweight World Champion Rafael Dos Anjos sharpens his striking skills at Evolve MMA.

Having a strong, toned body would be the result of your many training sessions. Think about it: you’d be spending countless hours jumping rope, training with the heavy bags, shadowboxing, and perhaps even sparring. But the benefits don’t just end here.

Apart from nailing down the various boxing techniques, you’d also be getting into the best shape of your life – both physically and mentally. That means you’d be able to find the strength to push past your limits and get out of your comfort zone. And the best part is that this strength would help you overcome life’s day-to-day obstacles.

 

2) It teaches you to roll with the punches

WBA Boxing World Champion Yodsanan Sityodtong prepares for his upcoming fight at ONE: Kingdom of Champions.

WBA Boxing World Champion Yodsanan Sityodtong prepares for his upcoming fight at ONE: Kingdom of Champions.

How many of us can honestly just embrace the unexpected and go with the flow? It can be difficult to adjust to tough situations, or deal with change. Fortunately, boxing would teach you to adapt and evolve to change because you’d learn to adjust to different fighting styles.

When training and sparring, you wouldn’t be afraid to try various combinations as well as pick up new techniques – all in the name of becoming unpredictable in the ring. What’s more, you’d be able to handle the unfamiliar and take things as they come. In fact, you’d be more than happy to immerse in all kinds of situations because you’ll realize that it’s what helps you grow.

 

3) It shows you the value of hard work and discipline

Boxing is among the oldest and most technical combat sports in history.

Boxing is among the oldest and most technical combat sports in history.

If you want to taste success, you have to fully commit and always give your 100% to whatever it is you’re doing. Without training regularly, drilling, and putting in enough effort, you wouldn’t go far in boxing. After all, it’s no secret that hard work is what separates the great from the good.

Apart from having the discipline to train hard, you’d also ensure that you’re always making healthier choices – so that you can maximize your performance in the gym. Although sacrifices have to be made, you’ll understand that you’re making them for the better, and remember why you even wanted to do it in the first place. Basically, once you decide that you want to be the best, you’ll do what it takes to get there.

 

4) It gives you confidence

Boxing is a great way to keep your kids active.

Boxing is a great way to keep your kids active.

For those who are in need of a confidence boost, why not try boxing? Besides getting a good workout, you’d also build up your confidence as you watch yourself progress. Over time, you’ll believe in yourself and your fighting abilities, rather than harp on your insecurities. After all, why waste time entertaining negative thoughts when you could be turning your weaknesses into strengths!

The beauty of believing in yourself is that you’d be able to silence that inner voice of self-doubt, and learn to take charge of your life. That means you’d focus on things that you can do – such as staying fit and improving – rather than let external things control your life. When this happens, you’d definitely be able to make every fleeting moment count.

 

5) It enables you to embrace imperfection

Multiple-time WBC Boxing World Champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam teaches at Evolve MMA.

Multiple-time WBC Boxing World Champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam teaches at Evolve MMA.

Nobody’s perfect. We’re pretty sure everyone knows that by now. The thing is, not everyone is able to accept their flaws, and this could sometimes lead to low self esteem or get in the way of unleashing their potential.

However, when you pick up boxing, you’ll realize that it’s okay to gas out before the training session ends, or that you’re going to take awhile to understand a certain technique. What matters is that you don’t ever stop trying, and that you keep improving by 1% every single day. You’ll also learn that without imperfection, there would be nothing to work on to get better – and there’s nothing worse than remaining stagnant.

 

There’s more to boxing than meets the eye. We believe that it can change your life for the better – not only by keeping you fit, but also helping you to evolve into the best version of yourself. So go forth and get into the best shape of your life!

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