In more recent years, individuals of all ages have begun to experience the benefits associated with boxing. This is particularly true for teenagers.
Whether this age group is interested in the sport or would simply like to become more active, boxing is great for both boys and girls. It teaches discipline, body awareness, and so much more. For some, they go on to pursue a career in boxing. In this case, the sooner one begins training, the better.
Here are just some of the reasons to begin boxing as a teenager.
The Benefits of Boxing for Teenagers
Although many believe that boxing is dangerous, this could not be further from the truth. In fact, in comparison to other sports, boxing is often safer and more rewarding. The following benefits can significantly improve the life of a teen, both in terms of their health and social intelligence.
Boxing is a great form of exercise
High-intensity sports are physically demanding, helping teens build their stamina. As they build lean muscle mass, they will also combat excess body fat — which can be dangerous in terms of long-term health. Unlike basketball or soccer, a boxer is required to withstand a match or training session all on their own. There are no substitutions.
Can teach self-defense
Being able to defend oneself is an extremely valuable tool. Considering 1 in 3 teens report some level of abuse in their romantic relationships, self-defense skills are critical to their safety. Boxing provides pupils the tools they need to protect themselves — both in and outside the ring.
Being a teenager isn’t easy. As reported by USA Today, 27 percent of teens experience ‘extreme stress’ during the school year. When left unmanaged, this can lead to issues with anxiety and depression. Not only is boxing a great tool to better control aggression, it also supports positive stress management. As physical activity increases, so do levels of endorphins — the body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals.
Whether a teenager wants to become more disciplined or find a new hobby, boxing is an optimal choice — it makes people into winners!
After all, Rocky said it best, “Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.”
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