Boxing. It’s a contact sport, a combat sport. It’s not necessarily a sport which people might associate with mental health benefits. However, it is actually a sport which has incredible benefits for mental well being. Here we’re going to scratch the surface with 6 boxing mental health benefits.
Boxing, A Distraction From Anxiety
Attending a boxing gym gives you an opportunity to socialise and engage in a fun activity with friends, and new people. The gym is a place where you leave your problems at the door because the task at hand demands all of your concentration, all of your will power, and all of your determination. Boxing is fast paced, you need to be able to judge your opponents next move while simultaneously working out your counter move. You need to be present in the moment, you don’t have time to think about the stresses in your life while you’re in the ring.
Motivation Helps Overcome Depression
You’re never alone in boxing. When you join a boxing gym, you join a family – this is especially true at Almond Boxing Academy. When you train in group sessions, you become part of a motivational team where everyone is looking out for everyone else. Need help finishing that circuit? Someone will be there to cheer you on. Looking forward to sparring? You know when you drop a class you leave someone without sparring partner, so you commit to the gym as the gym commits to you. The camaraderie keeps you coming back for more.
Boxing Beats Low Self-Esteem
Boxing gives you an opportinuty to become physically fit, it is arguably one of the toughest sports to participate in. To be successful in boxing you need to be physically fit and mentally strong. As you progress and develop at the boxing gym you will notice that you start to hit targets and achieve things you thought previously impossible. Boxing will give you confidence, it will build your self esteem. You will learn how to quickly deal with situations, how to effectively deflect and counter incoming obstactles. You will learn things about yourself you never knew before. All of these things you can apply outside of the ring, and improve your day to day life. The only thing required of you is to turn up and give your best.
Improve Mental Health By Relieving Stress
Boxing gives you a safe and controlled way to release your pent up frustrations and anger. Hitting the punch bag can help you relieve tension and work through those negative feelings that can often fester if left ignored. Effectively overcoming negative feelings in the gym is a huge positive factor for boxing mental health benefits.
Develop Healthy Eating Habits
Boxing is a weight controlled sport. A healthy diet is a must to hit weight for competitive boxing. Even if competitive boxing isn’t on your radar and you want to box for fitness, a healthy diet is still essential. Any good boxing gym will help and facilitate a healthy diet. Coaches who have experience of working with professional boxers often have an interest in diet and nutrition. Most are ready and willing to share their knowledge with those who show commitment to their training regimen.
Release The Feel-Good Endorphins
Edorphins are chemicals produced by the brain to help deal with pain and stress. Training in the boxing gym releases endorphins, which are also known as “the feel-good hormone”. There are many known benefits to the production of endorphines including (but not limited to): alleviating depression, weight loss, reducing stress, boosting self esteem, reducing anxiety, and improving sleep.
Boxing Is A Step In The Right Direction
There are many, many benefits to boxing for both physical and mental health. If you want to improve your mental health, joining a boxing gym can definitely be a step in the right direction. However, we always recommend speaking to your doctor if you are struggling with your mental health. Remember, it’s OK not to be OK and to seek support. You can find a list of useful organisations here.
You can find out more about classes at Almond Boxing Academy here.