According to a study by the American Council on Exercise, cardio kickboxing provides a workout sufficient to not only maintain, but also improve, cardiovascular fitness. Cardio kickboxing advantages are numerous, from simply burning calories and losing weight to relieving stress and building coordination and flexibility.
According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), you can burn between 350 to 450 calories an hour with kickboxing, keeping your body fit and your heart healthy. Kickboxing is a high-impact cardio workout, keeping you jumping, kicking, punching and weaving throughout the entire session. This constant movement keeps the heart rate elevated, helping you burn calories and get a cardiovascular workout.
Complete Body Workout
Kickboxing involves the entire body, using the legs and hamstrings to kick, the arms and shoulders to punch and the core muscles to keep your body stabilized. You simply can’t get away with being inactive. This full body workout develops muscles you never knew you had in all parts of your body. Your flexibility is also improved dramatically due to the complete body training and the added benefit of using your core muscles to maintain balanced.
This rigorous workout also helps reduce and relieve stress by using controlled punching and kicking to vent feelings of frustration and anger. Kickboxing helps develop discipline and skills required for martial arts by controlling the movements necessary to be a better kickboxer.
Coordination and Reflexes
Along with your whole body workout, you will be improving your hand-eye coordination and reflexes to work faster. Your quick kicks and rapid punches, jumps and weaves will help you build smaller muscle groups that will also help with this coordination.
While kickboxing isn’t a contact sport and you won’t get to learn actual self-defense moves, you may feel more empowered and confident you ever need to defend yourself.
About this Author
Christina McDonald-Legg has been a journalist for 12 years, writing health columns for the “Galway Independent” and the “Connacht Tribune,” and health articles for the Department of Health in London. She has published articles nationally and internationally, including the “Seattle Post Intelligencer” and the “Sunday Times,” Dublin. She has an M.A. in journalism from the National University of Ireland.