Kick boxing: Fastest way to burn calories
In today’s world full of stress, irregular eating hours and unwanted calories, fitness often goes ignored. This problem is further driven by inability to include physical exercises in our lifestyle and prolonged working hours at the desk. Kick boxing is one of the best ways to stay in shape. it can be used for general fitness, contact sport or in case of females it also offers extra lessons in self defense.
kick boxing has been developed historically from other forms of martial arts such as karate, Muay Thai and boxing. It has a tremendous following in south east Asia wherein each country has its martial arts forms with slight variations. Kick boxing can be referred to as Cambodia’s Pradal Serey, Lethwei from Myanmar, the Filipino Yaw Yan, or the tremendously popular Muay Thai from Thailand. All these forms of kickboxing allow the use of elbows and knees in a fight.
- However the American version of kick boxing permits only the use of hands and feet and prohibits attacking the opponent’s groin or back. American version is more a blend of karate and boxing. In the ancient times, these martial arts were considered necessary for war combat. However, in today’s times, its role is more as a sport or as fitness trends.
Benefits of kickboxing:
A 1 hr kickboxing session may help you burn about 800-1200 calories depending on the intensity of the workout.
Some of the other advantages include better flexibility, stress buster effect, improvement in balance and coordination.
Additionally, it is a great form of cardio as it helps in enhancing the blood circulation to all parts of the body.
Kick boxing is a great form of full body workout as it forces you to involve major muscles of the body. The legs become more toned through the kicks and jumping movements. The core and torso is conditioned through the requirements to rotate, bend and support all movements and sequences. The back, shoulders and arms are conditioned through the movements that require punching and blocking.
Tips to enjoy a kickboxing session:
Since kick boxing requires a fair level of flexibility, stretching forms an important component of warm up routine.
Avoid too loose or too restrictive clothing.
Stay hydrated and energize yourself with some carbs 1/2 hr before the session. this way you will have enough calories to last the whole session.
Follow the recommendations of your kick boxing coach regarding use of protective gears and bands.
Stay fit and happy kickboxing!!
- DrTanvi @ Affimity