Fitness

5 Reasons You Should Start Boxing

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Here at Stable & Spice, we’re all about finding the balance between mental and physical health. The workouts we recommend are great for getting you in riding shape, but they’re also great for relieving stress so you’re better focused, and relaxed, in the saddle. If you’re looking for a new way to jumpstart your physical fitness coupled with a great stress reliever, consider taking up boxing.

First thing’s first: boxing is an amazing stress reliever. Have a bad day at work? Want to punch something? Boxing is a great outlet to channel your anger and work out your stress. Focus your energy (and anger) on punching a heavy bag or speedball. The harder you’re training, the more endorphins your body releases, leaving you feeling happy and confident.

Training and sparring are both great ways to get in a cardio workout. When you’re training or sparring, you’re essentially interval training, which helps build up cardio fitness. So when you’re doing 3-minute rounds with a 1-minute recovery time, it might seem like a lot at first, but your body — and blood pressure — will thank you.

No matter the discipline, riding takes coordination. Boxing is a great way to build body awareness, strengthening your hand-eye coordination. Whether you’re punching a bag or you’re sparring, when you’re boxing you’re moving in quick, focused movements that end up challenging how fast your mind and body work.

No matter if you’re at the gym or at home, the intensity and focus of your workouts don’t have to change. Speedballs and heavy bags are easy to get, and can even be cheaper than a gym membership. With different mounting or even stands for punching bags, it’s easy to set up a place to train right in your home.

Boxing is a great full body/mind workout, not only for its physical intensity, but also you’re never doing the same thing twice. Just like with riding, there’s always something new to master, new sparring partner to get used to, and a new way to use your body. Also like with riding, if you find a great trainer to work with, you’ll constantly be pushed to improve.

There are so many factors that go into whether we have a good ride or a bad ride. Most of the time, that’s on us: whether we’re strong enough, focused enough, and relaxed enough to give our horse the proper attention and direction they need. If yoga or running isn’t cutting it for you, give boxing a try. You’ll be amazed at the results.

Nicole is a writer for Heels Down Media. If she's not writing or editing, she's either running, doing yoga, or at the barn working on becoming a better, stronger dressage rider.

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