Boxing provides something for everyone. A Boxing Workout gets you in shape. It all starts with the Jump Rope, a simple bit of plastic with two handles. It doesn’t matter if you are not experienced with the Jump Rope – you will learn. Practice does get where you want to go. As you master the Jump Rope, you will increase your cardio strength.
Then there is the core work. Lots of Drills with a Medicine Ball, punching a Heavy Bag, planks and crunches, squats and Hanging Tucks. Again, it doesn’t matter what shape you are in, whether you ever stepped into a Boxing Gym, the Workout is there for you to use as your path to getting in the best shape of your life.
The best part of Boxing is the opportunity for stress release. We all have frustrations and pent up emotions that need to be released. Punching a Heavybag provides the perfect way to do this. In addition, punching strengthens the bones, making Boxing a good exercise for those of us getting on in years.
Then, there is the confidence that comes naturally to anyone who gets in shape working out with a Heavybag. The kind of confidence that carries over into everyday life. That makes sense. Boxing is all about dialogue, in particular a dialogue with oneself, daring to be strong and confident not only in the gym but in everyday life. And it starts with a Jump Rope.
I’m very happy to join the Mentoring Movement Community and look forward to meeting all of you soon! I look forward to sharing information on Tai Chi (Taijiquan) and Qigong (Ch’i Kung) with you: what it is, how it works, who all can do it (EVERYONE!) as well as all the latest in East/West Medical research.
In the meantime enjoy this article where “longevity is the new normal!”
Part of the support we can provide for each other as we proceed on our fitness journey is to talk about some of the bumps along the way.
Today was the first time in four weeks that my shoulder was able to tolerate a modified push-up! I want to do cart-wheels, but I’ll hold off on those until my shoulder is stronger.
Last summer I had been doing a VERY intense DVD workout, took some time off, and when I re-started it, I injured my left shoulder. I’ve had a history of dodgy shoulders since I swam competitively in grade school and junior high. Shoulder injuries are well-covered territory. I took months off to let it heal after last summer’s injury, and finally re-started exercising mid-February. I figured I’d play it safe and do a less intense DVD workout program. I was doing fine for a couple of weeks, and managed to tweak my left shoulder again. How did I know I tweaked it? I failed the, “Ouch Test”. When I moved my left arm around through its range of motion, a few positions produced sharp pains in my shoulder. That’s when I knew I had injured it. I modified my workouts to keep going, while at the same time only running my shoulder through its range of motion, building up the strength of the muscles around it, and then gradually started challenging it again.
What I have learned through this injury and modification process is that there is a difference between the soreness you get from asking your body to do more than it’s accustomed to, versus over-doing it and injuring yourself. I was describing this to my accupuncturist that my shoulder felt like, “Ooof! That’s a little heavier than normal, but I can handle it,” instead of, “Ouch! That did it!”
Have you learned to listen to your body? What signals do you get when you’ve gone too far? How are you staying true to your goals, while working with your body’s ability to adapt?
Am I done yet? I’ve been at this for a month already. Shouldn’t I be able to put a check mark on this exercise task and call it ‘DONE’?
Yet, it doesn’t seem to work that way. I know what everybody tells me … exercise is a life-long journey. Seriously? That’s for other people. The die-hard, ultra marathoner, triathletes that have made exercise a part of who they are …
“A part of who they are …” Wait a minute. What’s happening here? I’ve made it past the 30-day mark. I didn’t quit. I didn’t quit even over the shift to Daylight Savings Time, which meant my morning workout time was an even earlier wake-up call. I managed to re-injure my shoulder not once, but twice while starting out. That STILL didn’t stop me.
So what’s happening? As a part of creating this community, and working to get as many people on this planet to start getting active, and create a support network for all of us getting started, I gave exercise a try, and wound up discovering my own relationship to fitness. Just like smiles, and sleep, and coffee, exercise is becoming a part of my day that I don’t want to do without. If I can feel this way about exercise, there just might be hope for us getting more people up and moving.
Do you relate? Have you found the exercise habit creeping up on you? I’d love to hear how your journey is going.
This is so true. Why not get started now?