We see people coming into Keppner Boxing in Athens to try our boxing fitness classes for various reasons. Some are looking to improve their overall fitness, some want to have self defense skills and others are looking to actually train for the sport itself. Whatever the case may be, there are benefits that anyone putting on a pair of boxing gloves will enjoy.

If you’re hesitant about starting boxing, or you’re already boxing and want an idea of the benefits it provides, read more to learn about the many benefits it can have on your body.

How does boxing impact me?

Here, we breakdown just a few of the physical and mental aspects of how boxing training benefits you. You probably are already aware that boxing is a tremendous workout, but did you know just how much of an impact it can have on your well-being?

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1) Cardio

Cardiovascular exercise helps people to lose weight, get fit and feel better about themselves. Boxing is an excellent form of cardio exercise because it gets your heart pumping, and your lungs working harder. This increases the amount of energy you use during exercise. You also burn more calories when boxing than other forms of cardio exercise such as running or cycling.

Cardiovascular exercise helps people who want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Exercise increases blood flow throughout the body and improves oxygen supply to the muscles. This allows the body to burn more calories.

2) builds strength

Boxing is an exercise that requires great amounts of energy. When you train, you’re using up your body’s reserve of strength. You need to be strong enough to punch a heavy bag hundreds of times without getting tired.

Boxing training builds up your strength by working out different parts of your body. You’ll get stronger from your arms, core, glutes, and legs.

3) better hand-eye coordination

Boxing drills work to improve your hand-eye coordination. Your fist hits the target at the right angle and your eyes follow the path of your fist. You must practice punching to become better at boxing.

When you punch, you should aim for specific areas of your target or opponent. Training your hand-eye coordination will help you get better at doing everyday tasks. These activities will improve your fine motor skills.

4) increase muscle mass

Boxing increases your overall body strength and endurance. Your muscles become more defined. You burn fat while building muscle. With continued boxing training, you’ll notice an increase in muscle mass.

5) better stamina and endurance

Regular exercise builds stamina and endurance. You should start by doing low intensity workouts, but as you get stronger, you can do higher intensity workouts.

Increased stamina and endurance means you won’t feel tired when you run or walk to work. You can exercise longer before getting tired.

6) better mental health

Regular moderate to intense exercises can increase the levels of endorphin in your body. Endorphins are natural pain killers that reduce stress and make people feel happier. Boxing helps to release these endorphin levels and reduces feelings of stress.

What better way to work out stress or negative feelings than punching a bag repeatedly?

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Now that you have learned about the health benefits of boxing – how about signing up for a free class with us? No matter what level of skill you fall into, the Keppner Boxing family would love to welcome you and introduce you to the “sweet science” and all the benefits it brings!