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Mental Moment: Fitness Boxing

How boxing can improve your mental well-being
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SOFIA PHAM/THE VARSITY
SOFIA PHAM/THE VARSITY

Mental wellness influences how we think, feel, and act. Making efforts to improve your mental well-being can help you cope with the stresses of everyday life, discover your talents, and increase productivity, among other benefits. There is a range of activities that can help you improve your mental wellness, but one that is not commonly talked about is fitness boxing. 

We commonly think of boxing as a physical sport that involves a high risk of injury. But for fitness boxing, the risk of injury is not nearly as high. Instead, you throw punches at a target — usually in the form of a bag, commonly filled with sand or old clothes. When done correctly, fitness boxing can significantly improve your mental well-being.

Fitness boxing requires precision, speed, and power. In order to maintain these three qualities, you must maintain concentration throughout, which leaves little room for the stress that you may have had before you started boxing. 

As with any physical exercise, the more you box, the more endorphins your brain produces. Endorphins are chemicals that reduce pain and increase pleasure. Another key benefit of boxing is that it allows you to learn more about your body. When you box, you can gauge your agility, as well as your brain’s reaction time. Boxing can improve mental health, since it helps boost self-esteem and overall confidence.

You may be thinking, ‘How can I do fitness boxing during the pandemic?’ Fortunately, there are many punching bags and gloves that can be found online. If you cannot purchase these items, you can experience the same benefits by punching the air and using your imaginative skills to picture a target in front of you.

The next time you feel stressed out, consider fitness boxing as an outlet for your worries and feel them fade away with the punches.