Aerobic Boxing Benefits

by TJ Davis | July 15th, 2010 | Cardio

One of the most fun and beneficial ways to stay in shape is aerobic boxing. There are a variety of programs and systems, both on DVD for use at home, and in instructor-led classes at gyms and college campuses. The combination of boxing and aerobics provides the body with wide-ranging health benefits. Boxing affects the entire body with the hand and foot work involved, building muscle and increasing stamina. Aerobic exercise is any activity that allows you to reach and maintain your target heart rate, helping your body use oxygen more efficiently. It also strengthens your heart and aids in weight loss by causing your body to utilize stored carbohydrates and fatty acids for energy.

Boxing aerobics, also known as aerobic kickboxing or cardio boxing, is one of the most complete and intensive workouts you can give your body. For this reason, you want to be sure that you are in shape enough to begin such a program. Check with your doctor for any restrictions, but once you begin a cardio boxing program, you will begin to reap the benefits almost immediately. Strength, speed and resistance will all improve, and you will soon experience increased stamina. If you are a fitness beginner, whether you chose a home boxing aerobics program or attend a class, be sure to start with the basics and build up to the more dynamic workouts as your endurance improves.

In addition to the fitness benefits of aerobic boxing, the repetitive practice of kicks, jabs and punches will prepare you for self defense in the event of a physical attack. While we all hope we never fall prey to such circumstances, the simple knowledge that you are prepared will give you a sense of personal safety, internal strength and power, as well as greater confidence in yourself and your abilities.

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