Friday, 17 October 2014

Something New?

"I like to challenge myself. I like to learn - so I like to try new things and try to keep growing"
- David Schwimmer

In my last post, I mentioned taking up a new exercise activity. Don't remember? Check it out here. Well I took up BOXING! Yes, you read it right, boxing.

Why did I decide on boxing?
I actually did a few classes over the summer - some boxfit classes, nothing serious and I enjoyed them so I decided to give the sport a go. I joined my university's boxing club and I'm glad I did. It's not everyday go gym or go's good to change things up!

How am I finding it? 
I'll admit after my first training session, my upper body was unbelievably sore, I could barely move. Surprisingly, my body adjusted after the first week or so and I don't feel anything now. Training sessions are intense y'all...before warm-up is done I'm already sweating and before training is over, I'm drenched in sweat. That's good though, it means I definitely got a good workout in. I train twice a week and I actually had my first sparring session this week i.e. I got in the ring and had a mock fight. It was such an adrenaline rush.

Boxing? Are you crazy? Isn't that dangerous?
Boxing isn't as dangerous as most people think. Like with any other sport, it comes with injuries. You're actually more likely to be severely injured playing something like rugby rather than boxing. And just to be clear - I'm talking about amateur boxing, it's relatively safe. Honestly though, I'm more concerned with the fitness aspect than competing - so I'll be OK! :D

I've been doing the sport for about a month now and so far I'm loving it! It's a great way to work-out, I can definitely see improvements in my upper body strength and I've shed some pounds too! It's a wonderful way to relieve stress. Boxing actually challenges you mentally - it teaches you discipline and requires focus and perseverance. I

Are you tired of your workout routines? Why not challenge yourself and try something new? It doesn't have to be boxing, it maybe something you've always wanted to do or something completely out of your comfort zone. It's a fantastic way to keep boredom at bay and keep you on that fitness journey!

- Precious Amaka