A lot of people are taking up boxing these days, but only recently I learned about what really makes this sport special. For the first time in my life, I tried out boxing and from the moment I threw my first punch, I instantly fell in love with it. Let me tell you this: boxing is more than just a workout and this is what I want to talk to you about in this post.
It’s really fun!
Every doctor on the planet will recommend physical activity to keep in shape and be healthy, but running on a treadmill, or repeating exercises day after day is really boring. Here is where boxing is different. It is tons of fun! Boxing is not just about throwing punches as you may believe. I know I was the kind of skeptic who didn’t believe that you can have fun while boxing. Now I sincerely think that I am addicted to it. There are so many things to learn and aiming for the perfect punch easily becomes a life quest. I’m joking here but boxing is really fun and it gives you purpose while training which takes all the boredom out of physical activity. And you know what they say: if it’s fun and never boring, you won’t quit!
Do you enjoy a challenge?
I know I do. The thing with fitness training, no matter how clever or well thought out, is that it does not clearly offer you a challenge. Yes, you want to lose weight or gain more definition in your muscles, but the thing is that such goals are not too much fun. Boxing is complex; you do not need only superior strength, you also need to be fast, clever, always on the lookout for an opening and highly strategic. I am going to give it to you straight: boxing will challenge you both physically and mentally to such a degree that you will think that you have never tried something harder in your life. But this is exactly what makes it so amazing. It puts you on the spot and it gives you something to fight for and I think this is why I love it so much.
Becoming a fighter
I must admit that I was not exactly a wall of confidence when I walked into the gym, planning to start my first boxing session. That changed rather quickly, as my trainer smiled at me and asked me if I wanted to become a real fighter. Boxing is about meeting your opponent face to face in a ring. I could not envision myself as someone who would go at another person, ready to fight. Don’t get me wrong; I am by no means a violent person. But the fact that you can really face another human being, on equal ground and fight towards proving your best really does wonders for your confidence. I think my confidence has improved ten folds since I started boxing.
It’s a good workout
If you are considering taking on a sport that will model your body and mind, and get you in shape at the same time, like I did, I seriously recommend boxing. It gives you a good workout, it requires the entire body to be in shape, and it makes you have good reflexes. Boxing is tough, and that is why training in this manner is tough, too. So, I highly advise to take up boxing if you are looking for a really tough, challenging workout that will never let you have a second of boredom.