How Boxing helps improve mental health?

It is a no brainer that any exercise is great for improving your mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, negative mood, improving low self-esteem and improving sleep. The levels of chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, stress hormones and endorphins change when you exercise which is what helps to reduce anxiety and depression and improve your mood.

Boxing is a great way to relieve stress, challenge yourself and it can act as a source of distraction. Whilst taking part in a class you are focussed on learning how to punch correctly and learning new combinations which is going to take your mind of anything outside of the class which may be causing you to be stressed or anxious. This is time for you to focus on yourself and your needs. 

Another obvious perk of taking up boxing is getting fit and strong, which will have a positive effect on your mind too, making you feel better in your own body which in turn, increases your self-confidence. Learning and mastering new combinations and skills and seeing yourself progress and get better each week will also help enhance your self-confidence significantly. 

Hitting a punch bag or doing combinations on the pads can be a physical and symbolic expression of stress or anger. Physically hitting something produces a response in the body that helps to relieve tension. Boxing, especially in a group setting is a safe way to release tension or aggression without hurting yourself or others, helping you to work though any negative feelings and effectively overcoming them.

Motivating yourself to exercise alone can also be quite difficult as you have no-one else to rely, it is much easier to cancel a class when you aren’t letting anyone else down and your also more likely to push yourself in a class environment. One of the massive benefits of boxing is that you’re almost never alone, you’ll either be sparring or holding pads for a partner so you’ll always be training with others. Working out in a group is a great motivator and it has also been proven to provide a mean of a social support and to reduce feelings of loneliness. 

Boxing is also a great way to learn a lot more about yourself. You will start to realise and understand how your brain works and reacts as you develop your boxing skills. A boxing workout is a lot more than just throwing some random punches. From jabs, hooks, crosses and uppercuts you can make up infinite combinations. Being able to do these combinations with good technique and precision requires a lot of concentration, practice and patience but once you start to get the hang of it, boxing is a skill that can aid your balance, coordination and reflexes.

In conclusion staying active is essential for maintaining good mental health and boxing offers the perfect opportunity to combine physical and mental training. For beginners it is important to remember that getting started is always the hardest part but once you do get started you won’t regret it. For more information regarding boxing classes email: stacey@clubgymwellness.co.uk

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