Get Fit by Boxing

Chances are, you remember when Rocky came out feeling like you might just want to hit the heavy bag. But it’s also just as likely that you didn’t want to step into a boxing ring… ever.

What if I told you that not only can boxing be a great way to get fit and improve your spacial awareness, but it doesn’t involve hitting anyone or anyone hitting you?

Many recent studies have shown that boxing can be a great exercise for individuals with Parkinson’s because it includes cardiovascular and aerobic exercise, balance, footwork, hand-eye coordination, and even strength training.

Boxing is Great for Any Age

Boxing is  not just for those who have the neurological disease, either. Because of its wide variety of benefits, boxing can be great to stay fit at any age. And the best part? You can take it at any pace you need and work up.

Still not totally sure if boxing is right for you? Boxing can help you:

  • Maintain balance skills
  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Improve your posture
  • Strengthen your core
  • Decrease your risk of depression and anxiety
  • Improve your hand-eye coordination
  • Sharpen your memory
  • And be a fun way to reduce stress

While there might be a boxing fitness class near you, we wanted to give you a couple options to try it at home.

These two videos will help you try out boxing at a pace you can handle. Who knows? Your next fitness purchase might just be a heavy bag!

Seated Boxing Cardio Workout

This 14 minute seated workout uses boxing to help work your arms and get your hearts and lungs working, too. From Physiotherapist Mike and MoreLifeHealth, this video is a great way to work up to something a bit more intense.

Standing Boxing Cardio Workout

Ready to take it up a notch? Follow this video for a 30 minute standing boxing workout. You’ll use all your major muscle groups (including your legs) and you’ll love the shadow boxing that you get to do. Take it at your own pace and give it a try!