Boxing—all the models are doing it (see superbabes Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Gisele Bündchen). It must be turning out desired results quickly, in which case sign us up!
But first, let’s talk the benefits. There’s the obvious fact that constant movement raises our heart rate while burning off tons of calories through cardio—but it doesn’t end here. Have you ever tried to keep your arms lifted for several minutes at a time? It’s challenging but effectively builds strength and muscle definition, all while distracting us with gamification (so we aren’t just standing there thinking about how much it hurts).
All that punching and kicking reduces stress too. According to an article on Livestrong.com, although the training is emotionally and physically challenging, this type of “intense exercise triggers the release of feel-good hormones called endorphins, which leave you feeling happy, confident and less stressed.”
Thinking about taking up boxing? These seriously dope Pink Protex2 Training Gloves ($45) by Everlast might be motivation enough.
Before you go, don't forget to read these tips for your first boxing class, and let us know what you think of your first experience in the comments!