I have been working out more than ever lately! One of the new workouts I have been doing is kickboxing and I love it — minus all the broken blood vessels on my knuckles! It is seriously the best full body work out and it makes my hour work out fly by!
Here are benefits of Kickboxing by Livestrong.com:
Kickboxing provides for an overall cardiovascular workout that aids in weight loss. It also helps to tone the overall body through a series of punching, kicking and various other movements. Women find kickboxing allows them to receive a cardio and resistance workout at the same time, according to American Fitness Professional and Associates (AFPA).
Kickboxing for women is a total-body exercise, according to AFPA. Kickboxing will work out the entire body and not just target areas. Kickboxing allows for women to strengthen, tone and reduce fat all at the same time. Since kickboxing is a total-body workout, women will also increase flexibility, burn calories, improve coordination and increase cardiovascular fitness.
Kickboxing for women can be used as a means of self defense, according to AFPA. During kickboxing classes, the instructor focuses on teaching kicks, punches, knee-ups and bobbing and weaving. Participants doing kickboxing also learn how to gauge distance and landing punches and kicks. Most moves will be practiced on bags to help with landing the move on a particular object. The bobbing and weaving, kicks, knee-ups and punches can all be used for self defense if ever needed.
Kickboxing can be used as a form of stress relief as well. With stress, it produces enzymes that lower the amount of endorphins. During kickboxing and various other types of exercise, endorphins are released in the body that relieve pain and aid in decreasing depression, according to AFPA.
Benefits of rope jumping
Jumping rope is inexpensive, simple to learn and great for your health. Boxers, tennis players and all sorts of other athletes incorporate rope jumping into their training routines. All you need is a pair of good shoes, a rope and some funk. You can jump rope everywhere, anywhere, wherever you are.
- Increases stamina and endurance
- Rope jumping is both aerobic as anaerobic
- Strengthens the bones, helps to prevent osteoporosis
- Helps strengthen muscles in the whole body (legs, abs, arms)
- Improves coordination, posture, balance and rhythm
- Aids in fat loss and weight maintenance
- Skipping can avoid the knee damage which may occur during running, since the impact of each jump or step is absorbed by both legs
Jumping rope can get boring and very tiring, especially for the calf muscles. If you got the hang of the basics of skipping, you can use different jump rope moves to keep yourself focused.
Eight reasons why cycling is good for you
Reason # 1: Physical activity serves as a regulator to relieve the stress that is common in current lifestyles. It produces the balance between exertion and relaxation which is so important for the body’s inner equilibrium. Cycling is especially ideal for this process, countering stress in two ways: by satisfying the need for activity where people lack movement or exercise; and by balancing out increased strain, particularly mental and emotional.
Reason # 2: A few miles of cycling per day assure trimmer and toned muscles. This is because your upper thigh muscles, backside and calf muscles all get exercised by the pedalling motion.
Reason # 3: Pursuing cycling helps a great deal in building your stamina. It enables you to carry out your day-to-day activities more effectively.
Reason # 4: This might come to you as a surprise, but cycling ensures a control in the level of blood pressure.
Reason # 5: Cycling enhances the overall fitness level of a person. It makes you breathe deeper and perspire more, thereby leading to a feeling of enhanced body temperature.
Reason # 6: Cycling minimises the risk of coronary heart disease. Essentially an aerobic exercise, it gives your heart, blood vessels and lungs a workout, thereby reducing the risk of heart problems.
Reason # 7: A week of inactivity reduces the strength of the muscular system by up to 50% and can harm them long-term. This is particularly true for older people as ageing causes muscles to shrink. So start with slow cycling to build up stamina.
Reason # 8: During cycling, most of the body’s muscles are activated. The leg muscles are responsible for the pedalling movement; the abdomen and back muscles stabilise the body on the cycle and cushion external influences; and the shoulder-arm muscular system supports the body at the handlebars. All this trains and tightens up the muscular system, making it stronger and able to function efficiently.