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Tuesday, June 7, 2011-Staying Fit!

on June 8, 2011

Hello All!

Is it me or this week slowly progressing?!?…maybe it’s just me…

Well another season (summer that is) so that means that my workout regiment had to be changed up a bit. Especially now that I have my punching bag up! 🙂 Ladies, if you don’t like boxing/kickboxing then at least just do workouts that involve boxing maneuvers; I highly recommend it! I’d say that it works out every muscle you have…that’s probably why p90x has been so successful-it intertwines kickboxing maneuvers into the workout along with other movements. On top of that, the bag is a pretty great stress reducer. So what female WOULDN’T like it? Imagine the bag to be your ex or enemy…believe me you’ll feel a lot better :p Moving along though, because today’s post isn’t about my awesome punching bag! 😉

Here’s some facts I was able to find: http://www.ehow.com/about_6675738_kickboxing-good-workout_.html

Kickboxing provides a fast-paced, cardio-intensive, total body workout that tones flab and strengthens muscles. While enjoying fast-paced, upbeat music, you’ll be punching, kicking and jabbing your way to better health. You just might learn a little self-defense along the way.

  1. Class Format

    • Kickboxing combines boxing with martial arts. Instructors generally employ a series of punches, such as jabbing, upper-cuts and hooks mixed with round-house, push and side kicks moves. Performing these moves with intensity and accuracy, the entire body becomes strengthened. The arms and core–or abdominal—regions are targeted during punching. The legs and glutes are tightened through kicks, lunges and squats. The NutriStrategy Nutrition and Fitness website reports that you can burn 590 to 863 calories in a one-hour kickboxing workout.

    Considerations

    • While kickboxing is a good way to burn calories and get fit, it isn’t for the faint of heart. See a doctor before beginning a class. Working up to this type of workout may be necessary. Kickboxing classes require great endurance, but don’t let this intimidate you. Most instructors are cognitive of beginners and will offer suggestions to help you ease into the full workout.

    History

    • Kickboxing originated from the Thailand martial art of Muay Thai Boxing, dating back as far as the 1300s. The Japanese are credited with the invention of modern-day kickboxing as they blended Muay Thai with the martial art of Karate. However, kickboxing as a fitness alternative did not take hold until the early 1990s. The constant-motion class was developed to provide another option to aerobic exercise regimens.

    Misconceptions

    • Don’t let the name fool you. Kickboxing fitness classes should not be confused with the martial art of kickboxing. The fitness classes do not require any sparring or contact. You will not wear the traditional “gi” or earn belts. The classes do not guarantee that you will teach any self-defense. The moves you learn are primarily self-defense tactics, such as punching, kicking and blocking. However, the instructors are usually licensed for fitness, not martial arts.

    Benefits

    • Kickboxing for fitness can significantly reduce stress. The martial arts used in kickboxing require concentration and focus, which relieves frustration, while the kicks and punches loosen nerves and help release anger. Kickboxing also enhances coordination and balance. These are key to staying fit as you age. Since your body is in motion for about an hour, the heart benefits from a strong cardiovascular workout and your lung capacity increased through deep and heavy breathing. Kickboxing is an energizing way to effectively reach and maintain your weight goals.

    Getting Started

    • Check out a few classes to find the right one. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Cross-trainers work well for this type of program. Keep a towel handy and drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is key to any successful workout. Kickboxing is a good way to tone your body and lead a healthier lifestyle.

With that said, I’ve switched up my workout routine and making sure I alternate the routine’s daily. First off, I’m making sure I only do it Monday to Friday, the only time I do it on the weekends is because I slacked off during the week or missed a workout day in general; because remember your body needs rest and if you don’t give your body sufficient rest time after workouts or breaks in between regimens/days then you could be doing your body more harm than good. My doctor, previous trainer, and nutritionist all said the same thing to me. So I run every other day, brisk walking only on other days, combined with jump rope, 20 minutes or more on the bag, then some standing core workouts, along with weights, arm workouts, and relaxing yoga/stretching at the end. All in all has your body aching at the end yet relaxed…the easier the regimen gets the more I end up working out or find another workout maneuver that will do the trick.

So what types of workouts do you do/want to do? Have any suggestions? Perhaps any thoughts on what’s been mentioned above?

To finish off today’s post, make sure to click on my continuation post “Staying Fit Part 2” to see the articles featured on yahoo. Pretty interesting reads and I’m going to have to do my own personal exploring on what the authors have written…Have a great day!/night!

Yours truly,

Young Adult

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