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03
Feb

2014

Can You Benefit from Cardio-kickboxing

Helen Bush

Cardio-kickboxing is one of the most popular fitness routines in America today. It is a cardio exercise routine that uses techniques from boxing and martial arts to give you a complete and total body workout. There are many benefits associated with this type of fitness routine. It can help you not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. Kickboxing is a great way to transform your body and overall look and feel better.

 

Get in some cardio

Most health professionals recommend getting at least twenty minutes of some type of high intensity exercise a day. Cardio-kickboxing is a fun and exciting way to do this. You can learn a new sport and easily manage to get in more than the necessary twenty minutes a day. Cardio is essential in helping you lose weight. You need to burn calories in order to shed those pounds. In cardio-kickboxing you can burn about 450 calories per hour and even higher if you are working at a higher intensity. It really depends on you and your routine to determine the exact number of calories you will burn. However, if you follow most routines you will manage to burn a lot of calories.

 

Tone your body

A great cardio-kickboxing class will combine kickboxing with free weights, usually in a circuit training format. They will also incorporate resistance training and core training. If you use heavy bags or pads, instead of just kicking or boxing the air, you will bring in a resistance factor that will help you burn more calories. You are also engaging every muscle in your body during your fitness routine. The many kicks and punches that you are throwing are working your upper and lower body at the same time. The use of both the upper and lower body unintentionally engages your core muscles, which gives you a full body workout. The high amount of calories burned combined with the fact that you are working your entire body can transform your body almost immediately.

 

Look and feel better

Many of us let how we see our bodies affect how we feel. We may allow ourselves to feel depressed when we believe our bodies are not at their best. In order to feel good, we need to look good, so we need a fitness routine that is guaranteed to give us the results we want fast. This makes kickboxing a perfect routine for many of us. The fact that kickboxing is such an intense form of exercise that gives you a total body workout ensures that it is a highly effective form of exercise, and you will see results rather quickly. We can gain confidence in the fact that we are sticking with such a challenging fitness routine and achieving our goals. We earn a sense of pride in knowing that we are actively pursuing our goals and achieving the body that we have always wanted. When you can look into a mirror and see the difference you are making, you will definitely experience a boost to your mood.

 

Mental and emotional benefits

Cardio-kickboxing is a great way to release stress and frustration after a long day. You can kick and punch away all your stress and work on your body at the same time. Physical activity is a better way to rewind after a long hard day when compared to just relaxing on the couch with a glass of wine. Any type of physical activity releases endorphins, a chemical in the brain that naturally boosts your mood and relieves stress. The harder the physically activity, the more endorphins we release, so the better we will actually feel. The group atmosphere of kickboxing will also aide you in releasing more endorphins. According to researchers from the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutional Anthropology in Oxford, England, group exercises actually enhance the impact of endorphins. A kickboxing fitness routine gives us a healthy way to relieve stress and feel better, which can also give us a better night's sleep and improve mental clarity.

 

    Cardio-kickboxing is a high energy fitness routine that will challenge you physically, mentally and emotionally. However, by challenging you, you will be able to quickly see the benefits of this routine. If you are looking for a fun and exciting workout that can give you the results that you want then kickboxing would be the perfect go-to routine for you. The unique combinations of cardio, core and resistance training ensures that you will be working hard and on your way to achieving your goals in no time.

Helen Bush
Helen Bush is a self employed fitness writer who works with many health and fitness blogs. At a young age she discovered her passion for fitness and encouraging others. Helen enjoys being active and loves working out. In her middle and high school years she played an active part in her school basketball teams. Now she loves to study and participate in dance to help her stay active and fit. Her main goal is to help motivate others and push them to reach their fitness goals.