Kickboxing is a pretty amazing workout because it is a combination of boxing, aerobics and martial arts. Just doing any one of those three would be good enough but to combine it will make you feel on top of the world! Your overall fitness will improve, you will feel stronger, healthier and more confident and you will also feel less stressed.
These are some of the benefits you could enjoy when you join a kickboxing class. Don’t forget that it can help you mentally as well which is another benefit. Let’s look more closely at why you will get a tremendous workout with kickboxing.
1. Burning Calories
When you join a kickboxing class and start to get better and more confident, you are going to be burning a tremendous amount of calories. Aerobics will burn calories and since kickboxing includes aerobics, you can expect to burn lots of calories. There have been studies where someone in the region of 155 pounds can burn a little over 370 calories during a 30-minute session in a kickboxing class! Those calories aren’t just being burned, they are being obliterated! In fact, if you are heavier, you could burn even more, as will those who work out longer as well as more intensely, but you need to work your fitness up to such a stage.
2. Flexibility & Balance
Performing kickboxing means that there will also be a sequence of moves that will be performed and when you follow it, you may also see an improvement in your coordination. You will be performing kicks with one leg, then another and these actions can help with balance. Just like most exercises, particularly when it is organized, such as in a class setting, there will also be a cool-down period which will involve a fair amount of stretching exercises, which will also improve your flexibility.
Remember, you have to warm up before you do any exercises. Done properly, this will take a while and then you can start to up the ante. That means going into kicks, punches, knee strikes and other things that will increase your heart rate. Each person has a target heart rate and you should be able to hit it, which is when you will get the most cardiovascular conditioning and benefits. This intense phase can last up to thirty minutes. Not only will this strengthen your heart but it will also help to tone the rest of you, especially your arms and legs.
4. Mental Health & Self-esteem
Some people have no problem with confidence, while others do, but they are able to hide it well and no one is the wiser. However, there are a few who have a confidence and self-esteem issue and you can actually tell. Since there are a lot of punching and kicking moves involved, anger, stress and frustration has a perfect outlet now. This release is good for your mental health but also, those who have confidence and self-esteem issues may find that it subsides dramatically. Any improvement is a most welcome thing for such individuals.
One wonderful aspect of kickboxing class is the variety. You are in a group setting as well and everything is supervised. There are so many different things involved in class and it is a lot of fun. It can be challenging, but then again, that is exactly what it should be, don’t you think?