In recent years many schools, colleges and universities have emphasised the importance of keeping fit and healthy through the use of free sport for students. This is something that I feel is an excellent means of encouraging people to keep active and fit on a day to day basis. The problem is due to government cut backs a lot of educational and council funded establishment alike are subsequently having to cut back on their range and promotions of free sport, which in hand, is deterring many people from taking up any sports, not just boxing. The main reason I took up boxing other than to see how I could turn my aggression into something productive, was because my university offered boxing training sessions coached by an English heavy weight boxing champion, completely for free, other than the optional expense of buying your own kit. Due to the changes to university funding and how individual universities are subsequently changing their distribution of spending, our university for example is having to alter the layout and degree of free sports available. Because of this, I am one of many people who is having to consider lowering my level of participation in sports at the university, simply due to not having £40 a month spare for hobbies, just like a vast amount of the nationwide student population.
Despite these changes to university and sport funding, I urge you to get involved in sports and fitness related activities while they are still free. This isn’t just in terms of boxing I’m talking about, I mean all sports and fitness activities ranging from everything from table tennis and equestrian sports to boxing and rugby. There are multiple benefits that can be obtained by participating in sports whether they are free or not! To begin with I guarantee you will feel a sense of accomplishment after learning about the new abilities and skills you have obtained through attending a new sport, all the way to making new friends for life along the way where you share the same tastes and hobbies due to the sport. In addition to this, there is also the obvious health benefits of getting involved in sport, regardless of the sport. Any sport is healthier than being a couch potato!!
When you think of boxing training one of the first things you may think of is quick bursts of intense skipping. This isn’t just because boxers want some playground nostalgia, no. As well as skipping being a great cardio session and workout, it also helps boxers improve their hand, foot and arm speed. Firstly, skipping is a great workout, although it may not appear to be at first sight, due to the fact that continuously jumping on the spot, alongside the constant arm movement engages all key muscle areas such as the legs with the calf muscles in particular, the core, shoulders and arms. In addition to this, the more obvious part is that skipping is excellent cardio due to the fact that while skipping you’re continuously moving and can either speed up or slow down. I would recommend skipping to anyone who wants to further their boxing training simply due to the fact that it will benefit so much in terms of cardio and hand/foot speed.
Another good point to make is the fact that if you’re not very good at skipping than don’t fret! Skipping is like riding a bike, the more you do it the better and faster you get at it and subsequently, the better your boxing will become. Even now I’m no skipping expert but as long as you put in the work than it will more than pay off!
When it comes to eating we all know that there are perks that come with a healthy and balanced diet, the problem is, if you’re like me, you don’t particularly like eating healthy. I for one much prefer snacking on sugary treats and drinks as well as sitting down for playing a few hours of Battlefield or Call of Duty with a nice plate of pizza or curry which, as you can imagine… Isn’t the most healthy of diets. It is hard to say what the ideal diet is so I’m not going to hammer one particular diet plan into your mind because everyone has a different body and numerous things such as metabolism and level of health play important factors in determining what type of diet is correct for each individual. But saying that, it is clear to see that not eating a balanced diet will adversely effect your health in a negative way. Even i you go to the gym four or 5 times a week, you’ll be making those sessions pointless if you’re piling down the calories as soon as you leave.
It is important to also consider that if you’re looking to gain muscle you’ll need a calorie surplus, where your body has more than just the calories it needs to maintain itself so that there is energy and calories left to repair and grow further levels of muscle mass. However, as important as a calorie surplus is, it is important to make sure you achieve it through eating the correct foods, it won’t work if you hit this surplus via eating cakes and fizzy drinks, you need to do it with a balanced diet of healthy sugars from fruit, carbohydrates such as brown bread, rice and pasta and numerous forms of protein that can be found in multiple types of food items such as meat and muscle supplements. Remember to enhance your muscle growing and boxing capability to keep up with gym and boxing training to get the most out of your body. So the moral of the story for this post is consider the dietary information of what you’re eating before you eat it, plan what your’re going to eat for the day as that’ll help a lot and last but not least, drop the crisps and do some dips!