The Benefits of Adding Kickboxing to a Fitness Program

Kickboxing as a fitness program, as opposed to a competitive hobby or sport, is not just about kicking someone’s butt, though that can be useful for stress management. It is an intense but achievable workout for people looking to diversify their cardio routines with something less boring than walking but not getting anywhere.

Kickboxing Expends about 500-800 Calories per Hour

Kickboxing leads to sweating, much sweating, so it is important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to not wind up with heat exhaustion, pulled muscles or even sore muscles the next day. The average person burns about 250 calories when walking on a treadmill for an hour. Kickboxing can double that calorie burn.

Kickboxing Exercise is a Full Body Workout and Shapes Abs

Kickboxing targets core muscles, legs, arms, butt, and hips. It will also help someone practice discipline, because the moves are specific and need to be completed within the body’s natural range of motion. This helps target specific muscles when doing the movements correctly. Never extend the elbows and always kick from the hip.

When kickboxing, abdominals should be held in to help support posture and balance. This also helps direct strength for the moves. The practice of holding in abdominal muscles helps tone them.

Kickboxing is not only a Fitness Routine, but Teaches Self Defense

For anyone who really enjoys kickboxing and wants to take it to the next level, they can sign up for the full contact sport. There are at least 15 different styles of kickboxing all over the world.

Kickboxing originated in Thailand and is sometimes confused with Muay Thai. Kickboxing was created because in competitive Karate, participants were not allowed to strike each other and kickboxing allows sparring in competition. Muay Thai is different than kickboxing because it allows strikes below the belt and elbow and knee strikes.

What to Know Before Beginning Kickboxing Routine

There are a few things to keep in mind for safety and to be succesful at kickboxingbefore someone gets started.

  • Kickboxing is no different than beginning any exercise routine, always consult with your doctor to make sure it is a safe activity, and to get any additional information you may need based on your own personal fitness needs.
  • Kickboxing, just as with any aerobic activity,needs to occur three to five times a week to be effective, and the sessions should be 30-60 minutes.
  • Simple moves can be done at home and do not have to occur in a gym; however, many gyms offer non-contact kickboxing classes where students learn the foundation and simple moves.
  • Always stretch well before and after kickboxing, be adequately warmed up by walking briskly for five minutes. Make sure to drink plenty of water, and remember to breathe.