Today’s exercise guide from Vine Vera focuses on boxing and kickboxing. For decades professional fighters epitomized what it meant to ‘be fit’. They would hit the heavy and speed bags, jump rope, spar with partners and do endless sit ups. Fortunately, you don’t need to be an amateur boxer to take part in their workout programs. Cardio boxing and kickboxing have become popular forms of exercise because of their effectiveness at burning fat and increasing cardiovascular health. A one hour kickboxing workout will burn at least 500 calories and will really get the blood flowing. Many gyms around the country have developed boxing and kickboxing classes geared towards staying fit and shedding belly fat. These classes usually last no more than an hour, but that time frame is more than enough to leave you sweating and out of breath.
There are numerous benefits and advantages that make these workouts awesome compared to traditional forms of exercise:
One of the advantages to these types of classes is that the workouts are always different. This is advantageous for two reasons: One is that it is fun because it keeps the trainee guessing throughout the workout as to what will come next, and also it keeps the joints heathy and safe by not subjecting them to stressful motions.
Another great reason to take up boxing or kickboxing is that it teaches people the ability to defend themselves. Knowing how to throw a proper and strong blow is something that everyone should learn how to do. God forbid these situations would happen, but it’s always good to be prepared to know how to react in certain situations.
A Great Stress Reliever
In our modern world many of us have more stress than we would like to. Finding ways to release this stress in a productive and healthy manner are hard to come by, but kickboxing gives someone that opportunity. With all the punching and kicking, anyone can channel their frustration, anger or other pent up emotions into an awesome workout.
Kickboxing also is great for building muscle tone. The punches and kicks target most of the major muscle groups in the body. For example, any time a punch is thrown the body uses the shoulders, arms and abs.
How to Get Started
Beginning a new workout regimen, let alone a new form of exercise can often leave people frustrated. This is a recipe for disaster when it comes to health because ultimately people become discouraged and fail to take action. If boxing and kickboxing are appealing then there are a few ways to get started. One option is to go out and buy a heavy bag and some boxing gloves. After a few rounds of hitting the bag anyone will be wiped out. Another option is to ‘shadowbox’. Shadowboxing is the act of throwing punches into the air. As long as the feet keep moving and the person is throwing punches continuously it will provide a great workout just as if someone were taking a class. Many people avoid boxing and other forms of fighting and martial arts because it is something totally different from what they’ve tried before. That should never be the case, as it’s always a good idea to embrace new things especially when it comes to staying healthy and fit.