Joining a boxing gym in Singapore has some obvious benefits such as teaching you how to defend yourself while bringing out your inner badass. However, the benefits go way beyond the physical. The following are examples of not-so-obvious benefits of boxing that will leave you itching to wear a pair of gloves:
1) Knocks out stress
If you are on the brink of snapping, hitting a heavy bag can be very therapeutic. Training like professional boxers can be relaxing. Intense exercise causes the release of feel-good hormones that improve your mood and reduce your stress levels.
Punching a bag also allows you to let go of any tension and pent-up aggression you have built up. By reducing your stress levels, boxing lowers your blood pressure and makes you feel more relaxed.
2) Improves hand-eye coordination
Boxing helps hone your hand-eye coordination skills. Whether you are required to spar with a partner or punch a speed bag, you need to learn how to see and hit the target. If you are sparring with a partner who is moving as much as you are, you need to learn how to react to your target. All of this helps improve your hand-eye coordination over time.
Improved hand-eye coordination helps you build faster reaction times and reflexes. It also improves your motor skills. This is particularly important as you become older since age affects your balance and coordination.
3) Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
Self-confidence involves valuing your abilities, while self-esteem involves valuing yourself. Boxing, like most workouts, helps you become more confident. In the beginning, it may be hard to hit the speed bag or the punching bag. However, the more you practice, the better you become at it. Seeing how much your abilities improve over time can also boost your self-confidence and make you more likely to take on new challenges. Boxing is also a very effective workout that combines cardio and strength training to help you lose weight. As you shed the fat and tone your muscles, you will become more confident. Your competence will improve your confidence, and your confidence will increase your self-esteem
4) Mental focus and clarity
In order to succeed at boxing, you need to hone your focus and clarity. If you are hitting a speed bag, you need to concentrate to ensure you do it right. If you are sparring with a partner, you need to be in the present, and you need to watch and anticipate his every move to ensure you don’t get hit.
You also need mental clarity and focus to hit your target each time. After boxing for a while, you will notice that you are more focused in other areas of your life as well.
5) Encourages connections
Competitive boxing involves facing an opponent in a ring alone, but most practice sessions involve training with a team. When you join a boxing gym, you will meet a lot of people like you who want to learn and enjoy all the benefits of boxing. Members of boxing gyms are usually very supportive, and they work together to improve their skills. They also provide a lot of motivation, encouraging you to push forward to reach your fullest potential.
6) It is fun
Workout routines are often very boring, especially when done alone. Practicing with friends or hitting the speed bag is so enjoyable that after a while, you forget you are exercising. The social aspect also makes it a lot of fun since you get to make a lot of good friends in your boxing gym or team. The fact is that you are likely to have better results if you perceive the workout as fun and enjoyable.
7) Increased energy
If you feel tired and lethargic, the best solution is to get up and move. Boxing is a very high-intensity sport that kicks fatigue to the curb and leaves you bursting with energy.
8) Mental challenge
Nobody starts out in boxing with the competence of the greatest professionals in the sport. It takes time before you can ‘float like a butterfly’ or ‘sting like a bee’. In the beginning, training is hard. However, with time, you will learn how to focus on moving targets while reacting quickly. There are a number of boxing classes based on the level of difficulty. The process is mentally challenging as you move from one boxing class to the next one.
9) Teaches the value of discipline and hard work
While boxing is difficult, it is not impossible to learn. However, it requires a lot of training and hard work. You also need to be disciplined in terms of your training and diet. Fortunately, your efforts will not go unrewarded. Your discipline will help you proceed to the next level.
10) It teaches you to always get back up
Life can be difficult, and it may knock you down a few times. Boxing teaches you to roll with the punches even when situations are tough. One of the best things you will learn in your class is that it doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down, as long as you get back up. This lesson often translates to other areas of your life.
11) Unlocks your creativity
While sparring with an opponent at the boxing gym, you get to try various combinations and techniques to avoid getting hit. Since the other opponent is also concentrating on your every move, you need to learn how to become unpredictable. You also learn how to handle some of his unpredictable moves and punches. Since you are reacting on the spot, you learn to be very creative in order to beat your opponent.
Boxing involves more than punching someone in the face. The training sessions, as well as the competitive sport, have a lot of physical and mental benefits. If you want to experience the various benefits of boxing first hand, sign up for a complimentary trial class today!
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