1. Improved hand eye coordination
Aging can cause fine motor skills to decline along it difficult to perform tasks with the same speed and accuracy as when you were younger. Cardio in general helps with brain function, but boxing is especially helpful as the motion of reaching out (to hit a heavy bag, mitts, or even an imaginary opponent in the mirror) specifically improves hand eye coordination
2. Improved balance
Throwing a proper punch requires using the legs and hips which relies on core strength to keep your balance. We also add balance and core exercises to all our classes.
3. Decreased stress
Throwing a few punches is a great way to let off some steam and decrease overall stress.
4. Improved cardiovascular health
Aerobic exercise improves cardiovascular health. Which is important at any age, but especially as you age. Improved cardiovascular health helps to increase blood flow, reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, and helps keep the mind sharp.
5. improved cognitive abilities
Because boxing requires you to constantly think it has an added benefit over other forms of cardio. While any form of cardio exercise will help with cognitive function, Boxing is one of the only forms that requires you to constantly be one step ahead of your body. A 2014 study of older adults with mild cognitive impairment found those who spent 30 minutes jogging and 60 minutes shadowboxing once per week for six months improved cognitive function, including their immediate memory and recall abilities, compared with those who didn’t exercise. That’s why we make sure to build combos in our classes that will keep challenging your brain.