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Kickbox your way to fitness

Kickbox your way to fitness

Kickboxing is a form of martial art that combines elements of karate with – yes, you guessed it, boxing!

Ideal for men and women as a high energy workout, it’s performed without shoes (far safer!) and using pads and punch bags.

A high intensity cardio workout, kickboxing will raise your heart rate, and as a strength exercise you’ll find you tone your upper and lower body as you punch and kick.

Benefits of kickboxing include

  • Increased Flexibility: It may take a while, but gradually you’ll be able to kick higher and higher. Great for joint flexibility you’ll be able to kick above your head in no time!
  • Boosted Circulation: Any cardio exercise gets your heart rate going, and kickboxing is no different. The fast movements and changes in direction will increase your circulation.
  • De-stress: There’s nothing quite like taking the day’s frustrations out on a punch bag! Hitting something very hard is a sure fire way to release any pent up anxiety and stress, meaning when you go home your aggressive mindset will be back to calm and collected!
  • Combining strength and cardio: A kickboxing class is a great all-rounder, meaning the whole body gets conditioned. One exercise for all areas.
  • Self defence: As well as boosting confidence, kickboxing is great for anyone who wants to feel confident in self defence.
  • Fat burning: You’ll burn plenty of calories in a kickboxing session, as your heart rate rises and you use up your energy supplies.
  • Better Balance: If you ever struggled to stand on one leg, kickboxing will soon sort that out. With practice you’ll soon be able to leap gracefully from one leg to the other.
  • Inclusive: Kickboxing can be for everyone, it’s non-contact, so no one gets hurt, and everyone can enjoy punching the bags and getting fit!
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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.