5 Reasons Boxing Is Good For Mental Health

The image of boxing is slowly changing, what was once seen as a "thuggish" sport is now hitting the mainstream media with an ever changing image of a sport which is great for both mental health and fitness. 

Even royalty have been fans of boxing with Prince Harry commenting several years ago whilst discussing the death of his mother. 

“During those years I took up boxing, because everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it’s a really good way of letting out aggression. And that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone; so being able to punch something was certainly easier."

1. Boxing is great exercise:

Boxing is one of the best ways to improve all over body conditioning. It is widely known that exercise is is perfect way to improve mental health. According to mentalhealth.org;

Even a short burst of 10 minutes' brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety.

So if a 10 minutes walk can help then a 10-30 minute punch bag session would be ideal to blow the cobwebs and reset the brain.

2. Boxing helps improve focus:

Boxing isnt just about how hard you hit, boxing is fitness, hand/eye coordination and strategy. By partaking in both combat and non-combat boxing sessions it can help get your brain focused on combinations, combining this with regular bag sessions can keep your mind active and alert which in turn helps distract the brain from negative thoughts. 

Boxing helps focus

3. Boxing stimulates endorphins:

When you punch a heavy bag, the human brain increases the production of endorphins, also known as the feel-good neurotransmitters. The production of endorphins helps reduce stress significantly. The act of punching uses multiple muscles all over the body helping loosen tight muscles giving a more relaxed after workout experience. 

4. Boxing build confidence:

Boxing is a fantastic way to build confidence and boost self-esteem. That fighting spirit can translate in to other areas of your life such as work or relationships. In the past few years there has been an ever growing increase in the amount of female's attending boxing classes often attributed to the fitness aspect but also the confidence boost it can give learning a new skill. 

Boxing & Mental Health

5. Boxing helps channel negative energy:

Life in the 21st century is tough, we are constantly connected to the world in the palm of our hands, we have this aspiration to be a certain way. Through into the mix a world wide pandemic and the challenges it brings means it is only natural for negative energy to creep into our thoughts. 

Punching a heavy bag in its most basic form is a good way to channel that negative energy and let out the stress and build up of that stress to clear the mind. 

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