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What you SHOULD be eating

The most fundamental rule to follow, when partaking in any type of exercise regime, is following a healthy diet in order to maintain high health and fitness levels. Boxing, in this particular case, requires large energy reserves in order to approach your opponent head-on without feeling as if you’re about to pass out. This is where eating the right kind of foods will benefit you in more ways than one – particularly if you’re not used to working out regularly.

So what is it you SHOULD be eating?

1. Yogurt

As one of the most versatile foods you can eat on a healthy ‘diet’, yogurt contains the necessary Vitamin B, proteins, and calcium to consume as a pre-workout snack. You can add yogurt to your smoothies, opt for freezing them into ice lollies or eat it straight out of the tub – whichever method your heart desires.

2. Flaxseed

Used for providing plenty of energy, Flaxseed is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids which can be added to your pre-workout smoothies, your post-workout cereal snacks, coating for your evening portion of chicken, or even in your ice-cream (for those days when you need a treat without feeling too guilty) Known as the ‘good ‘ fats, Flaxseed is an all-rounder when it comes to healthy eating.

3. Oatmeal

If you enjoy working out early mornings, you may want to consider adding oatmeal to your shopping list. By offering the fiber and energy necessary to maintain a healthy, energised lifestyle, oatmeal is an excellent breakfast choice for any boxer. Add a few slices of apple and a hint of cinnamon to enhance the flavour and you’re ready to roll.

Read: 5 Tips For Cleaning Your Boxing Gloves

4. Beans

Eat as many beans as your body allows as they contain very little amounts of fat and calories – yet provides more than enough energy to get you through the day. Remember, as your body recovers, you’ll need to eat foods that will fill you up and replace the energy you’ve used. So don’t be afraid to add beans to your mid-day salad or healthy dinner.

5. Peppers

If you’re not a big fan of peppers, opt for disguising them in your soups or sauces, but don’t leave them out of the mix. They provide plenty of Vitamin C as well as antioxidants to keep your body fighting fit throughout your health and fitness journey. At the end of the day, that’s what will keep you on track and help you gain strength.

6. Salmon

As one of the healthier choices when it comes to eating fish, salmon helps your body build the lean muscle every boxer or athlete hopes to gain. Salmon contains Omega 3 fatty acids as well as plenty of protein to provide the necessary energy in order to give it your all during a strenuous workout.

7. Don’t forget to hydrate often

Drinking plenty of water will boost your energy levels by replacing the water you’ve lost during a workout session. It’s also a healthy way, if consumed in moderate amounts, to encourage weight-loss. Consuming adequate amounts of water boosts your body’s metabolism and keeps you healthy in more ways than one.

 

The main goal of eating healthy is to increase your performance in the ring or on the gym floor, as well as to decrease your recovery time. The last thing you want is to feel sluggish when it’s time to give it your all and experience the pain of post-workout muscles for longer than you should. So make the choice to be healthy for yourself. You won’t regret it.

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5 Tips For Cleaning Your Boxing Gloves

Protecting your hands during a workout session is just as important as maintaining your health and fitness, which is why you absolutely need boxing gloves – without stating the obvious. However, with regular use, your gloves are bound to get dirty and perhaps even a little bit smelly. If you find yourself in that predicament, don’t worry.

Here are 5 tips for cleaning your boxing gloves, either as a preventative measure or a quick fix.

1. Stuff them in the freezer

Germs can easily breed in damp, dark areas – which is probably the reason why your gloves smell a little bit. Don’t fret! The easiest, although not the most popular, way to kill germs in your gloves is by placing them in the freezer for a day or two. Remember to protect your gloves by placing them in a plastic bag first. Once you’ve killed the germs, let them air dry.

2. Wipe them down after each use

You can always prevent bacteria from growing by wiping down your gloves, inside and out, with a paper towel after each use. You may not get rid of all the moisture, but you’ll certainly prevent your gloves from becoming a punching petri dish. This method will save you a few visits to the doctor and the embarrassment of walking around with smelly gloves.

3. Add some apple cider vinegar

The apple cider vinegar method is an inexpensive, extremely effective, and easy method of getting rid of any unwanted smells and odours. Simply add one teaspoon of vinegar in the palm of your hand and rub the inside of your glove thoroughly. Leave your gloves to air dry overnight. If once doesn’t do the trick, try it once more. You won’t regret it.

4. Leave them to air dry

Whatever you do, never leave your gloves in your gym bag! It may come naturally as you’re trying to keep your equipment all in one place. Rather place them in a plastic bag, take them home, and let them air dry. Your gym bag is the perfect place for bacteria to grow. In which case, try tip number one.

Read: 5 Useful Boxing Tips And Tricks

5. Apply anti-bacterial spray

Killing nasty germs is extremely important to prevent any infections and bad odours. The best way to do this is by unlacing your gloves completely and spraying anti-bacterial spray on the inside of your gloves and leave to air dry. This method should only be tried every once in a while when you feel your gloves really need it.

Remember, gloves can be expensive. The last thing you want is to replace them simply because they smell too bad. So take good care of your boxing gloves by following the above-mentioned tips – keeping your gloves and your hands in tip-top shape in order to keep your health and fitness exactly where you want it!

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5 Useful Boxing Tips And Tricks

Whether you’re new to boxing or you’ve had a few sessions in the gym already, there’s always room for improvement. You’re never too old or experienced to learn a few new boxing tips and tricks. So if you’re looking to improve your boxing skills, maintain high health and fitness levels, and gain overall boxing experience, have a look at the following useful boxing tips and tricks to include in your next workout session.

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