It’s a New Year and of course we’re all thinking about our year’s resolution to take up. Whether that be a new hobby, improving our health or finding a new passion in life. For me seven years ago it was to taking up boxing, and after walking into a boxing gym, it changed my life and mindset ever since.
To start the year off I wanted to give you some of my top reasons why you should consider taking up boxing training in 2021.
1. Learn new skills
Boxing comes with a whole package of skills to learn and it is something you definitely find out quickly when you start your journey in the sport. For many on the outside it’s just two men or women in the squared ring fighting, in reality there is a whole range of skills you learn from boxing which are fundamental to your success if wish to take it further than just punching a bag.
From learning how to throw a jab, boxing footwork, defense and punch combinations, these are things that all seem easy to learn until you start. One of the best training conditioning skills I’ve learned since starting has been skipping (Check out my article here), which is big part in a boxers training skills which I guarantee you will be doing at one point.
2. Improves your physical health
This is quite an obvious one, but boxing will get you quickly in the best shape of your life. With the intensity of the training in boxing there nothing quite like the workout you get from it, but most importantly you will really feel the benefits after few sessions.
As you are constantly moving around and throwing punches, it gives your whole body a workout which will in turn improve your cardio, speed and strength. If you are wanting lose weight or take your fitness to the next level. I highly recommend that you give boxing a shot, you just need to be consistent to really see the benefits.
3. Gives you routine and discipline
Boxing training for the most part is doing the same thing over an over again and perfecting your craft to be the very best. Routine and discipline is a big part of the parcel and this itself is a very good thing for your mind and wellbeing.
Just take a look at heavyweight boxing champ Tyson Fury who made his remarkable come back from depression and 27 stone to challenge for a world title fight in December 2018 last year. Tyson says himself:
“A structured routine in life is key – having short-term and long-term goals”
Check out the video below which will hopefully give you a a lot of extra motivation to see how you can bounce back from anything.
4. Greater confidence
Boxing training without a doubt will give you more confidence than ever before. Everyone starts off very timid about the experience (I certainly did), but once you learn skills, improve your fitness and keep routine your self-esteem will be at an incredible high.
Having learned the skills from boxing you will always feel like you have the confidence to protect yourself if you ever get in a dangerous situation. But not just in these situations but in life itself, the sport thrives off yourself being confident and it goes into your everyday life.
5. New goals and ambition
If you are going to start boxing in 2021 and manage to keep it up for a period, you should mark out what goals and ambitions you want to take from the sport.
Boxing is no easy game and is an extremely hard and brutal sport if you want to take it to the next level. That is why I recommend you set yourself realistic goals on what you actually want to gain from it in 2021. Is it just to lose weight? To take your fitness to the next level? Learning to defend yourself? Becoming a district champion? These are all achievable in their own way and boxing can help you achieve these ambitions, you just need to put in the work if you truly want to achieve them
I hope these top 5 reasons will hopefully go on to inspire you to take up boxing in 2021. I also recommend you check out my How To Start Boxing On Your Own in 10 Steps article here for more advice and motivation
Make sure to let me know in the comments below if you are thinking about taking it up this year and what goals you have.
If you are a complete beginner to boxing and are looking for a online course to start somewhere, I’d recommend you check out my best online boxing course article for some useful programs to try out.
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