What You Need to Know About Using Kickboxing to Stay Fit

Lady Kickboxer Practicing Punches

Are you looking for a total body workout to increase endurance and strength while listening to your favorite music? If so, you should consider joining a local kickboxing class.

Tips to Get the Most From Your Kickboxing Workout

1. Start Slow

Begin slowly and do not overdo it! To get control of your movement, a trainee needs to start out with low kicks as you learn the proper way to kickboxing. This is important for beginners who are just starting because they are more prone to developing injuries while attempting more difficult kickboxing moves.

2. Hydrate

Drink up! Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your workout so as to keep yourself completely hydrated.

3. Consult a Physician

Talk to your doctor! It’s always a good idea to see your doctor and have a complete physical exam before you begin any type of exercise program — especially one with a lot of aerobic activity like kickboxing. This is needed especially if you have any medical conditions such as asthma or diabetes.

Where Does Kickboxing Originate?

The true roots of kickboxing date back 2,000 years ago to Asia. Modern kickboxing started in the 1970s, when karate experts arranged kickboxing matches that allowed full contact kicks and punches that had been banned in American karate.

Because of health and safety issues, padding and protective clothing, plus safety rules were introduced over the years, which led to the various forms of kickboxing practiced in the United States today.

Cardio Kickboxing Classes

Currently, one popular form of kickboxing is known as cardiovascular kickboxing, which connects boxing, martial arts, and aerobics. This routine provides a full physical work out and contributes to body toning. In contrast, other types of kickboxing, such as aerobic kickboxing, do not involve physical contact between people. It is simply a cardio workout that is done because of its many benefits to the human body.

Cardio kickboxing classes usually start with 10 to 15 minutes of warm-ups, which may include some stretching and traditional exercises such as jumping jacks and push-ups, followed by a 30- to 60-minute kickboxing class that includes knee strikes, kicks, and punches. Some teachers may include punching bags or jump ropes to train with. After this, at least a few minutes should be devoted to cooling down after a strenuous workout, followed by about 10 minutes of stretching and muscle toning. Proper Stretching is very important because if not used, a beginner can strain their muscles, or do much worse. However, if stretching is practiced, it relaxes the muscles and prevents injury.

So take the kickboxing challenge; stay fit, healthy, and happy. The benefits that you will reap will be enormous!

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