Boxing is one of the best sports for relieving stress. If you’ve had a stressful day or drama with friends, boxing is the place to take it out. Because of the high intesity and full body workout, you can burn massive amounts of calories and tone your entire body without a gym and all their machines. Stress can be caused be both positive and negative interactions in your life. You need a positive outlet to deal with them. Here are some of the great benefits that boxing allows when working to relieve stress.
1. Release Anger
Pent up anger is one of the most explosive, damaging things we can house in our bodies. It can cause physical and mental symptoms as well as cause problems in our relationships as we negatively interact with those in our lives. Boxing can help to release this pent up anger, because it gives you a safe place to get out the aggression you’re feeling. Whether your pent up anger is about someone in your life, poor job performance or other reasons, hard physical exertion is the best way to release it.
2. Work through Emotions
Highly emotional situations often manifest physically. If you’ve ever noticed a physical stress response or need to “hit something” during an especially emotional situation, boxing is a great way to work through the physical reaction to those emotions. This will also allow you the openness to work through leftover emotions that may need to be talked out. If you find you have an anger management problem, a boxing ring and instructor are a safe place for you to let out those aggressions without hurting anyone else.
3. Safety Outlet
Stress can be caused by a number of things, and one of them may include your safety or the safety of others around you. If you feel you need to learn the skills to instinctively defend yourself, boxing is a great place to learn those skills.
4. Prevent Anxiety
If you suffer from anxiety, you should talk with your doctor about how boxing can help prevent your symptoms. Many forms of anxiety are triggered by the feeling of helplessness and fear. Learning to box can help alleviate and prevent those feelings. Boxing can give you a set of tools you may never need, but will help you feel in control of every situation. Consider adding boxing to your therapy routine and keep a journal of the changes you see in yourself.
Boxing offers a lot of stress relieving benefits and can be adapted to suit any physical restrictions you may have. Always talk with your doctor before starting any new fitness routine, including boxing, to ensure you won’t be injured or make a current condition or injury worse. When considering boxing rings or gyms that offer boxing, consult with the trainers to let them know you’re looking specifically for a routine or techniques to relieve stress.