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Why more women than ever are taking up boxing?

Twenty years ago, women weren’t allowed to box. Now we’ve got an Olympic champion and a new fitness craze hijacked by pop starts and supermodels. No wonder nothing beats it for burning calories and defeating anxiety!

3 Health Benefits Of Boxing For Women:

It improves your physical strength and tones your body

No doubt about it, boxing can improve and enhance your strength. During a boxing workout, you may have to hit a bag or a sparring partner numerous times and this requires your core, upper body, and lower body to engage while you’re pummeling a bag. While you’re training, you may also have to do some strength training exercises as part of your workout. Apart from getting stronger, your body also gets toned without the bulk, and this makes boxing an ideal workout for women who are concerned about getting bulky or bigger.

It reduces stress and improves mood

Dealing with the demands of work and responsibilities at home can take a toll on anyone. But you can cope with stress in a positive way by participating in a boxing workout session. Boxing is a great way to manage stress as you get to take out your aggression, frustration, and anxiety while tearing into a heavy bag. Moreover, intense physical activity can decrease stress by boosting endorphin levels, which can lead to improved mood and feelings of happiness. Doing any form of exercise also improves sleep, so you wake up feeling refreshed and recharged the next day.

It improves self-confidence

Apart from enhancing physical strength, boxing can also improve your inner strength as it can boost your self-confidence. Not only do you get more confident in the ring, but you’ll find that learning this skill can also help you overcome certain challenges in other aspects of your life. As you learn discipline, courage, and perseverance during your boxing workouts, you may find that you also start to feel more secure and comfortable in your own skin.

Learning how to box can be empowering for women and everyone else who needs to improve their strength, look after their mental health, and gain self-confidence. This year, try enrolling in a boxing workout class for your happiness, overall health, and well-being.

SELF-DEFENSE:

Women gain self-confidence and form friendships in self-defense classes.

Self-defense classes are available for women in martial arts programs and fitness centers across the country. Techniques and styles of self-defense and martial arts vary. Research different martial arts styles and seek qualified instructors who can help you get started. The benefits of taking a self-defense class are well worth the investment of time and effort and could potentially save your life.

Confidence

Women gain more confidence in themselves and their ability and willingness to tackle their surroundings when they learn self-defense techniques. Because self-defense training helps you prepare to face the unexpected, knowing that you could defend yourself against a threat can give you the confidence to take on new projects or explore new places. According to a study in the journal "Violence Against Women," Jocelyn Hollander writes that women overall report a greater feeling of self-worth and empowerment after taking self-defense classes.

Safety

Above all, self-defense is about personal safety. The most important benefit from any self-defense class is to increase your overall safety in any situation. Most self-defense classes will teach you the techniques to disable an attacker, helping you escape quickly. Being able to face an attacker and disable him or escape, increases your safety in many situations from traveling to going out to working late at night. Of course, a major component of staying safe involves avoiding certain situations that increase the risk of danger -- something you will also learn in a self-defense course.

Fitness

Most self-defense classes not only focus on emotional preparedness for an attack, but physical preparedness. An intense warmup to get your adrenaline pumping, followed by a variety of fitness techniques will improve your overall body condition while teaching you important self-defense techniques. Because women are also traditionally stronger in their lower body than in their upper body, many self-defense classes concentrate on using the lower body to your advantage.

Social Benefits

Going out and taking a self-defense class can get you more socially engaged in your community. Because self-defense classes attract women of all ages and from all different backgrounds, it's likely that you will not only gain respect for people from different cultures or social status, but may find yourself more likely to engage in a group beyond your normal comfort zone. Learning a new skill can bond people together and women often find that they develop friendships out of their self-defense classes.

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