Updated: Dec 13, 2018
Physical exercise, including sports like Kickboxing are crucial in maintaining and improving the health of your cardiovascular system.
Kickboxing is an Intense Aerobic Exercise
Nothing is more aerobic than Kickboxing. Kickboxing is a sport that demands you to coordinate your entire body into explosive movements called techniques. What may seem like just punching or kicking , actually takes a tremendous amount of thought and practice. We teach you how to shift your weight behind movements in order to maximize the impact of the movement. This means that each punch and each kick is actually the last movement in a chain of moments originated in a totally different part of the body.
When you are motivated by function, meaning you are not only just moving your arms to "punch" but rather are focused on the subtleties behind the movement which leads to a desired result such as "this is really a 'set up' punch for a kick that I want to land" you begin to engage other parts of the body that wouldn't be activated otherwise in a standard "punch the bag" workout.
An exercise is considered aerobic when your heart is pumping, and your lungs are expanding to bring more oxygen into your system. Another exercise that is famous for being specifically aerobic is running. Running is low-weight, compound muscle movements over a long period of time. All those factors place a demand on your heart and lungs to provide the fuel necessary to sustain that movement.
But not everyone loves running. In fact, most people hate running. That's where a sport like Kickboxing becomes an excellent source of motivation that is lacking in activity like running. The constant learning process behind those compound movements in Kickboxing make the workouts fly by all the while be an exceptional source of aerobic activity.
According to Healthline.com:
" Aerobic exercise is recommended by the American Heart Association and by most doctors to people with, or at risk for, heart disease. That’s because exercise strengthens your heart and helps it more efficiently pump blood throughout the body. "
Kickboxing Lowers You Blood Pressure
Another benefit to aerobic and cardiovascular workouts is that they lower blood pressure, and raise healthy cholesterol levels. According to Healthline.com:
"Cardiovascular exercise can also help lower blood pressure, and keep your arteries clear by raising “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and lowering “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in the blood. "
Kickboxing not only demands coordinated body movements, but also demands them to be put together in rapid succession. This rapid succession, strengthens your heart and your lungs because your body needs to pump blood an oxygen throughout the body to fuel those movements. All of which, kept to an appropriate amount congruent to your athletic level is exceptionally good for your heart.
Whether you want something new to learn. Whether you want practical self defense techniques, or just want to avoid hitting the pavement and running 3 days a week. Kickboxing is an amazing tool for people who want to shred weight and take care of the health of their heart and cardio vascular system.
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