Many people associate boxing with two people inside a boxing ring hitting each other in a vicious and uncontrolled manner until one of the opponents can not go on any longer and gives in, or gets knocked out and the fight is over. But it’s more than that. Boxing requires hard work, dedication, skill, technique, strength, and perseverance. It’s a beautiful sport.
I did boxing workouts in a boxing gym for many years which led me to my love and passion, as well as admiration and appreciation for the sport. It was also easy to see and feel how amazing and beneficial the workouts are, in so many ways. Whether the moves are done with an opponent, on a heavy bag, or just the moves through the air, the benefits can be felt. Boxing is especially beneficial for the senior population for so many reasons. Follow along as we explore the many benefits of boxing for seniors, including a video with specific exercises seniors can try at home!
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All Over Strengthening
The entire body gets a workout when you box, standing, or seated. When you stand, your boxing starts from the ground up. A strong foundation from your feet, up through the legs, to the core, and ultimately coming through the chest and upper body into the punch. The feet and ankles strengthen (help with balance), leading into the calves and quadriceps of the legs.
The core is a big part of boxing because the abdominals have to stay tight and rotation in the core strengthens the abs, lower back, spine, and hips. The chest and upper back engage as a punch is thrown also strengthening the shoulders, biceps, and triceps.
This goes for seated as well! The entire core and upper body engage to throw a punch. Leading to all over strengthening in the body!