6 ways Boxing can Benefit your Mental Health
Boxing has become the workout of choice the world over, with everyone from fitness-pros to top models swearing by the fat-burning workout to achieve lean, strong physiques. But boxing not only increases muscular stature and physical strength; it can also help balance the mind.
It can help you gain mental strength and combat a range of health issues, including depression and anxiety.
1. You can switch off from the outside world and be present in the moment
Boxing requires you to fully concentrate on the task at hand. To box well, you need to be able to switch off from the outside world and be 100% focused. Boxing is fast, furious and above all fun, leaving little room in your head for anything else. Being able to avert daily stresses can help you to truly take time out, giving you a fresh perspective to better deal with problems, or things that are bothering you.
2. It’s an excellent form of stress relief and stimulates endorphin production
Physical activity is a known stress reducer; runners experience the phenomenon of a ‘runner’s high’, and boxing is no different. When working out on the pads, your brain increases the production of endorphins, the neurotransmitters that create feel-good thoughts. Punching helps to relieve muscle tension that can collect when you experience stress. As you continue to punch, you will find your focus is improved, increasing your concentration and helping you forget the reasons why you are stressed.
3. When boxing, you’re never alone, making it a great motivator
Motivating yourself to exercise alone can be difficult. With no-one else to rely on, it’s much easier to bail on a gym session, and if you do make it out, taking it easy can often seem like a much better option than pushing yourself to the max. One of the greatest things about boxing for Fitness with a Ricky Hatton Qualified instructor is that it always involves more than one person.
Working out in a group is a great motivator, and it’s also been proven to provide a means of social support and to reduce feelings of loneliness. At Boxing For Fitness we offer a group boxing session, that will improve your cardio conditioning and work on building strength and endurance.
4. It can help you learn a lot about yourself
Boxing is an excellent way of getting to know yourself. You will start to realise and understand more about how your brain works and reacts as you develop your unique boxing style. A boxing workout is a lot more strategic than throwing a few random punches. From hooks and jabs to upper cuts, boxing is made up of infinite combinations which, when put together in sequence, are like a choreographed dance. Being able to do these combinations with good technique and precision takes a lot of concentration, practice and perseverance, but once you’ve got the hang of it, boxing is a skill that can aid everything from your balance to your reflexes.
5. It builds self-confidence as much as physical strength
In addition to building physical strength, boxing can help to make you feel more powerful mentally and give you the fighting spirit to enable you to deal with any of life’s more challenging situations.
Recently Prince Harry openly talked about his battle with mental health and how he sought refuge in the boxing ring to help overcome the death of his mother. He is one of many who has seen the immense benefits that boxing can bring. Boxing can also instil a sense of achievement which builds confidence and self-esteem.
6. It can help you manage anger and overcome it
Hitting a pad with power can be a physical and symbolic expression of stress or anger. Physically, hitting a punching bag produces a response in your body that helps to relieve tension. Boxing, especially in a group setting is a safe way to release tension or aggression without hurting yourself, or others, helping you to work through any negative feelings and effectively overcome them.