Nowadays, most people go to gyms or go jogging in order to stay fit or get their body in shape. That is a very good thing, because constant physical activity prevents many diseases and combats various health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Also, training improves mood and boosts energy. If that’s not enough, exercising can help you fall asleep faster and it can be fun, also.
It is believed that training can improve your sex life, too. Those are the main reasons people go to gyms nowadays. But, at some point, it has to become kind of boring. You are doing the same thing every single time. You get to the gym, you warm up and hit the weights, or whatever you usually do. So, over time, it gets hard to keep your training fun and worthwhile. Most people just give up here, because they cannot find the meaning in all that anymore. That’s the time to mix things up a little. One way to do that is through kickboxing.
Developed from Muay Thai, karate and Western Boxing, kickboxing is more than a competitive sport. It is practiced for self-defence, as a contact sport, or even for general fitness. Competitive kickboxing started in 1970s and today we have many different forms of this sport. As it was mentioned before, today kickboxing is also used for general fitness. The biggest reason of kickboxing’s popularity is the fact that it is a full-body workout. It increases your stamina, overall strength and flexibility. Therefore, it’s good for children as well as for elders who just want to stay fit.
Adding kickboxing to a workout gives it a new, dynamic twist. You will see fresh results and feel the new energy. That energy comes from mixing boxing and martial arts. Combination of these two, on their own vigorous workouts, gives you the ability to put both your lower and upper body through a solid workout. With kickboxing, you shouldn’t worry about your cardio training, because it will be covered also.
If you go to gym regularly, you are probably familiar with skipping the stretching. With kickboxing, that must not be the case. You simply have to stretch before training, because you are going to do some movements you haven’t done before and skipping to stretch could result in muscle stress and you definitely don’t want that to happen. 15-minute stretching will do the job perfectly. After stretching, you must start to learn some of the basics. It is recommendable to do this with a trainer who has some kickboxing experience, although you can do it on your own. The basics include kicking, punching, and even core body training. It is unnecessary to say that increasing strength of core of your body is maybe the most important part. Just by performing the punching and kicking training, abs and lower back muscles will get a workout, but the core should be worked out separately, regardless.
Currently, one popular form of kickboxing is aerobic or cardiovascular kickboxing. It provides overall physical conditioning and toning.