The same women you see strutting their amazing bodies in lacy bras and panties and teeny string bikinis also frequently pull on boxing gloves and step into the ring. That's right, some of the top Victoria's Secret models incorporate boxing into their workout routines. If that's not enough to convince you to add boxing to your regimen, these eight betcha-didn't-know benefits will have you itching to start sparring.
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Boxing Is a Total-Body Workout
A two-for-one cardio and strength workout, boxing targets the entire body, says Jessica Matthews, an exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise. “In addition to boosting strength and cardiorespiratory fitness, boxing improves a number of skill-related parameters of fitness, including balance, coordination, reactivity, and agility,” she says.
And with a potential burn rate of 13 calories a minute, boxing goes head-to-head with other types of cardio like running and cycling. Plan to punch away anywhere from 200 to 400 calories* per half hour. Thirty minutes of boxing in a ring torches 400 calories; 30 minutes of punching a bag burns 200 calories; and 30 minutes sparring with a partner blasts 300 calories, Matthews says. [Tweet this fact!]
*All estimates based on a 140-pound individual