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Posted: January 03, 2019

Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports founded on kicking and punching, generally created from Karate, Muay Thai, Khmer Boxing, and Western boxing. Kickboxing is practiced for self-defense, physical game and general fitness. In this article we will focus on the benefits of kickboxing in relation to general fitness. Below are the benefits associated with kickboxing:

  1. Burning Fat

Combining martial arts and heart-pumping cardio, kickboxing is a high-vitality workout that burns calories and fat. It’s an amazingly productive workout. Kickboxing alone burns around 750 calories in 60 minutes.

The cardio-conditioning component of kickboxing is one of the best approaches to burn fat especially that stubborn belly fat that brings about an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. Research has shown that aerobic exercise is far much better and effective at reducing belly fat than resistance training, by burning an average of 67 percent more calories. However, note that the number of calories burned per exercise session varies according to your weight, intensity level, duration of your exercise session and types of exercises performed.

  1. Muscle Toning

Kickboxing tones your upper and lower body through punching and kicking the bag. You will feel stronger after each workout. The “kick” in kickboxing works your legs while punching works your abdominal area, particularly your arms, and builds muscle endurance. Moves like roundhouse kicks work your core muscles, and kickboxing keeps your abs continually locked in. Engaging your core will also ultimately improve co-ordination, while the constant movement in kickboxing improves flexibility and reflexes.

  1. Relieves stress and anxiety

Sometimes the most ideal approach to release stress in the wake of a hard day at work is not cold beer, but rather some serious physical action. Kickboxing offers a sound approach to get out a portion of the day’s disappointments out of your system, which will also give you better sleep at night and enhance your mental clarity. The group atmosphere of kickboxing is even more effective in releasing endorphins. While any type of vigorous activity will release these feel-good chemicals, group exercise enhances their impact.

  1. Improve Balance

As you are kicking on one foot, you will build balance and stability to throw harder kicks as time goes on. This way you get to improve your balance over time; you know how important balance is. The types of movements and activities that are common to kickboxing have been supported by a relatively large body of balance training research in older adults. The common elements of successful balance training programs used for older adults include velocity, fast interactive movements of the head and body; verticality, vertical movements of the body against gravity; vigor, moderate to high intensity exercise; vision, challenges to the visual system; and vestibular, challenges to the vestibular system.

Extraordinarily, kickboxing seems to incorporate these basic components into a solitary action.  Kickboxing involves fast movement of the limbs and trunk (velocity); punching and kicking while in a standing position (verticality); powerful and repetitious movements of the limbs (vigor); directing punches and kicks toward moving visual targets (vision), and rotational movements of the head and upper body (vestibular). This way it is in order to conclude that kickboxing improves your balance greatly.