When we think about boxing, most of us picture two people throwing punches in the ring. However, as a health and fitness professional, I’m here to tell you that boxing is not about fighting. In fact, with the proper guidance and precautions, boxing can be an empowering and beneficial form of exercise for people living with chronic conditions like hydrocephalus.
Boxing is a great cardiovascular and strength-building workout that can be done in many different ways! If you have access to a boxing bag and gloves, you can start by punching the bag. I encourage you to check out my video for some beginner combinations! If you don’t have a bag or gloves, don’t worry. You can start by doing the punches with light weights in your hands or even without any weights! You will still get an amazing sweat on!
As someone with hydrocephalus, as well as many other health conditions, boxing has brought such positivity into my life. It has shown me that I am capable of anything I put my mind to. It has not only given me physical strength but mental strength as well.
I have found that boxing helps develop mental strength by allowing you to get out your stress and frustrations in a safe and effective way! Of course, everyone is different so it’s important that you consult your doctor before starting a new exercise practice like boxing. From my own personal experience, and from what I’ve seen with clients, boxing can help alleviate anxiety and depression, and make you feel in control of your body and mind. Feeling in control of your body and mind is amazing for those of us who live with a condition like hydrocephalus.
For more information on boxing techniques, check out this video. If you’re interested in getting started with boxing and have questions, visit my website and reach out to me!