This week I have been mainly jabbing, uppercutting, hooking and ducking. Yep, I’ve finally added boxing to my routine. Don’t get me wrong, I’m doing really well at the moment, hitting the gym on a regular basis, exercise minutes on the increase and I think there’s the vague outline of my abs coming through, though that might be an issue with the lighting in the gym!


But, if I’m honest, I’m bored!  I love exercising but I find myself on the same routine each time... the same machines… the same reps. I need a change! So, should I try boxing? I had a look at a couple of videos and liked what a saw… Here’s what I learned…



  • Intensive Cardiovascular Exercise: Boxing really is the boss of cardio workouts with the added benefits of working both the upper and lower body. Plus you get to punch a punchbag a lot!


  • Enhanced Core Strength: Because boxing is whole body workout your core reaps the benefit. The more you box the stronger your core becomes! And you burn more calories than you would on a treadmill for the same exercise time. Plus you get to punch a punchbag a lot!


  • Coordination: It turns out that boxing is a fantastic way to improve your hand-eye coordination because you are constantly moving and adjusting your position so mental stimulation is a huge part of boxing fitness. This kind of boxing has many health benefits, because it constantly requires you to think, change your position, and change your posture. Plus you get to punch a punchbag a lot.


  • Stress Relief: Sometimes, after a tough day you just have to hit something! So rather than being arrested for GBH try boxing. Boxing releases endorphins that directly affects your mood and mental wellbeing. With the added bonus that the punchbag doesn’t punch back! 



So, it’s really worth thinking about boxing as a way to enhance your overall fitness and improve your mental health. Look at some of the options at your gym or check boxing solutions you can install in your gym and I guarantee you’ll feel the benefits…AND YOU GET TO PUNCH A PUNCHBAG!