How to Deal With Stress Through Boxing
The term millennial has been defined, boxed and even sub-categorized ever since the term itself was first uttered. Whatever the definition or the more apt designation is, it is most likely a taboo to those who may have fallen within the age bracket. In any case, there is one characteristic that can be used to describe those people who are aged 18-34 as of 2015.
For some reason, the younger generation is seen as highly stressed individuals who seem to be always out on a journey towards the great unknown. Whether they are stressed due to a strong driving force to achieve their personal vision or simply because of a lack of passion in life, millennials are in dire need of coaching to bring back the vigor of everyday living
Either way, they are blessed to have been handed down with an age old secret that can alleviate the stress that has enveloped their existence – the power of Boxing.
Boxing has been around since the early years of Olympics (approximately 688 BC). Only a few years ago has it become a tool to help weary people loosen up their muscles and be more capable of handling stress. Yes, it offers a training ground to strengthen the body. Then again, it is the underlying teacher within each “boxer” that helps himself or herself be a better “fighter” in facing the complexities of daily life.
It’s time put on the gloves and punch the stress away with the “stress-relieving” perks of Boxing.
Boxing as a tool for cardio strength
Time and again, medical practitioners and wellness gurus have been emphasizing the importance of doing cardio exercise to strengthen the heart and complement practically every weight-loss program available. Then again, cardio exercise is also a great way to support one’s stress management
Ironically, the thing about cardio is to engage the heart, and even the lungs, to a manageable and tolerable amount of stress to help the organs build up and be more equipped for any other future stresses. It is like training them and allowing them to adapt to the sensation of a stressful condition (i.e. the cardio exercise). In doing so, in times of a higher level of exercise where the heart and lungs may need to exert more, they are ready.
Boxing is a perfect exercise to keep the heart rate up. During the routine, every punch, leg & arm movement, and snappy maneuver, the body is highly active, giving the heart a lot of “training.”
In a standard boxing workout, the intensity levels vary from moderate eye-hand coordination exercises to high intensity heavy bag blowouts and punch mitts sparring. The intensity variations help the muscles tighten and pump up during high levels, and steadily relax and workout at the same time during moderate activities.
According to the Mayo Clinic, almost every physical exercise can lower the level of stress. Whenever the body engages into any form of physical activity, endorphin levels are increased, one’s mood improves, energy is boosted, and the body is even set-up for a better sleep. In this regard, boxing definitely qualifies as a source of stress relief.
Also, boxing offers a therapeutic release when the body gets to “release” on a punching bag. It’s definitely an empowering feeling to get all that negative energy out through all that healthy sweating and power punching.
Boxing as a training for overall body endurance
In stressful situations, every person has his or her own ways of coping. Some go for a wild ride outdoors. Some spend quality time for themselves through shopping or visiting the salon. Some even do their research and read thiings like How Dogs Improve Your Health, hoping to find the inner peace that they need from canine cuteness.
Then again, there are those who opt for more unhealthy and unnerving stress relievers. The usual go-to antistress activity that people lean to is in a form of an unhealthy vice. From smoking packs after packs of cigarette every day to drowning the body in free flowing booze, these unhealthy vices may seem to help, but they can even cause more stress in the long run. Also, vices may come in a form of binge eating – chocolates, high carb snacks and soda.
Whichever is the case, in spite of the stress, it is important to keep the body healthy and functioning properly. Though it may seem “stress” is a good reason to eat the whole cake, the body would not appreciate it at all.
With all the punching, jumping, maneuvering and sweating, boxing does keep the body in tune and functioning smoothly, just like a well oiled machine. As such, being continuously engaged in boxing can further increase the body’s endurance and total body strength as each part of the routine trains key areas of the body. In turn, the body becomes more resistant to illnesses, and more tolerant to pain and stress.
Since stress does take a lot from a person, increasing the body’s stamina makes any weary millennial more capable of handling stressors that may come their way. An office all-nighter may be tiring and just plain exhausting. However, a healthy body can handle the challenges it could bring, allowing the body to sustain the extra stress on top of accomplishing what needs to be done.
Boxing as a teacher of multi-tasking
One of the skills that boxing can train to those who dare take on the sport is improved hand-eye coordination. It may seem not as important as the health benefits the sport can offer like cardio-vascular health improvement and weight management. However, it is definitely a skill that brings a whole new world to the athlete or to any individual, for that matter.
Hand-eye coordination serves a greater purpose in an individual’s overall motor skills. Boxers with heightened level of hand-eye coordination can have faster reaction times and reflexes.. On top of that, the body develops a better overall body coordination as well.
This skill may seem too banal for a younger individual. However, one thing to remember is that as a person ages, body coordination becomes more and more important. This is due to the fact that body coordination involves balance. Once balance has become compromised, the risk of falling and hurting one’s self increases, which may become a serious issue for more aged people.
The usual boxing exercises that help with hand-eye coordination is the use of the speedball and double-end bag. Using the speedball for 3 rounds (an average of 3 minutes per round + 30 seconds rest in between rounds = 10 minutes) raises the level of one’s hand-eye coordination by improving his or her timing and increasing the reaction time between every punch. On the other hand, the double-end bag allows for a good challenge as it promotes better punching techniques, timing, body balance and core stability.
So how does hand-eye coordination help with stress management? It is through focus and mental alertness.
When a weary millennial sits and stops to take all the stresses in, it is the right time to breath and bring the game face on. Managing a truckload of responsibilities in one burst may seem daunting. However, with the help of boxing, focus and mental alertness can serve as a great tool to help face any life turmoil.
Focus is required to keep an eye on the task at hand – finish a project, take care of a sick loved one or pay-off the bill. On the other hand, mental alertness serves as the “guard” to catch any trigger to negative emotions and slay it at the onset, avoiding any further unnecessary play on the psyche that could set-off the stress bomb.
Also, since the mind is trained to focus during a boxing routine as the body moves around, the human consciousness is trained to adapt to multiple sensory stimulants all at the same time. In this light, when stressors start coming in together with a flurry of emotions and mental agitation, the training sets in, and the mindset helps create a whole new environment to win the day.