Consider Boxing For Fun And Fitness
Posted by Nancy on November 29, 2010
If you are wanting to take up a new sport and are looking for one that will be not only fun but that will also improve your overall fitness, consider the ever popular sport of boxing. Perhaps that particular activity has not even been on your list of sports to consider but with a little bit of research you will find that it just may be the perfect activity for you.
Boxing has been around for a very long time and is in fact one of the very oldest contact sports. Naturally, the way it is practiced today has evolved considerably from those early days that occurred thousands of years ago. For one thing, the attire is entirely different than it used to be. Those who participated in this sport in by-gone centuries wore leather straps over their hands and wrists and sometimes even their torso to protect them from injury.
This is a far cry from the technologically advanced boxing gloves that are available for the boxers of today.
While some people today consider boxing to be a brutal sport, it is far less so than in the early days of it’s existence. Ancient matches often ended in someone being maimed or killed. Today the sport is much more civilized and is performed with guidelines to insure safety and fairness. To become proficient at this increasingly popular sport one must be dedicated and willing to spend the necessary time to train. While having a partner to spar with is fun and helpful it is more likely that one will be training with a punching bag or punching dummy. The advantages to this are obvious; they can be readily available and can take a lot more physical abuse than could an actual partner.
It should be noted that besides being a fun form of physical activity, boxing is also a great way to improve muscle tone, coordination and mental focus, not to mention the amazing amount of calories that can be burned during a training session.