Mental Benefits of Boxing

Regular physical exercise has many mental benefits, and boxing is no exception. Boxing can teach you many things about yourself, and aside from the physical benefits, have a positive influence on your mental wellbeing, too.

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5 Important Signs You Need A Rest Day

As driven human beings, we tend to overdo it at times; especially if you work a full-time job and spend plenty of overtime at the gym. We understand. The more time you spend working out, the better you feel. The better you feel, the more time you want to spend working out. However, ever so often, it all gets the better of us. Too much can be bad for your health, in which case it’s a good idea to take a rest day.

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Top 5 Most Annoying Gym Habits To Avoid

The infamous gym; the one place where some go to improve their overall physique, a handful go to meet new people, and others use it as the best place to take selfies. If you’re an active member of a gym or thinking of joining one this festive season, avoid implementing the below most annoying gym habits at all costs.

1. Exercising with make-up on

Not only is this unhealthy for your pores and skin, it’s also a little bit gross; ever so often tasting the sweet saltiness of your make-up and sweat mixing as it drips down into your mouth. Instead, why not go natural? No one cares. It’s your butt on the line at the end of the day.

2. Staring at yourself in the mirror

Don’t do it. Everyone else is staring at you while you’re staring at yourself. Sure, there are a few moments when looking at yourself in the mirror helps with your posture and overall technique, but rather leave it at that. Don’t admire your muscles at the gym. Rather do that at home.

3. Forgetting to wipe your sweat off

Please don’t go to the gym without your own towel. It’s used, not only to wipe the sweat off your face, but to wipe down the equipment after using it. There’s probably nothing more unhygienic and gross than waiting your turn to use a piece of gym equipment only to be left with someone else’s sweat.

Related: How To Maintain Your Weight This Festive Season

4. Taking gym/locker room selfies

Firstly, if you have enough energy to even take a selfie then you obviously didn’t gym hard enough. Secondly, if you feel you look good enough to capture an image and share it with the world then you need to drop the make-up, tie up your hair, and lift a few weights. Looking good at the gym isn’t what working out is all about.

5. Testing out your flirting skills

No one enjoys being flirted with at the gym; especially if you’re in the middle of a workout and can be mistaken for a wet snail. Of course, there are those who go to the gym to look good and attract partners. If you must flirt, flirt with the ones who look bored and uninterested in working out.

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How To Maintain Your Weight This Festive Season

It’s nearly time to let loose a little bit and enjoy the pleasures of comfort and joy in the form of your favourite snacks and holiday carbs. However, you’ve worked your butt off all year to obtain your figure only to be bombarded with all the things you know you shouldn’t have.

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Post-Workout Recovery 101: How To Get Back In The Gym Faster

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through daily exercise is a must; especially if you spend the majority of your time in an office setting. However, with every workout done properly comes a series of sore and stiff muscles; leaving you slightly immobile for a few days. That doesn’t have to be the case. There are a few things you can do to speed up your recovery outside of the gym, improving the overall quality of your gym workout.

Here’s how:

1. Incorporate chocolate!

Turns out, chocolate can be good for you after all; especially in the form of chocolate milk as a post-workout snack. You don’t have to feel guilty about consuming a little bit of chocolate after your gym workout as the protein help your muscles recover faster.

2. Get enough peaceful rest

Not only does enough sleep help your mind function properly throughout the day, it’s also linked to protein synthesis which helps your muscles recover faster. So make sure you get enough beauty sleep in to look good inside and outside of the gym.

Read: 6 Summer Weight-Loss Tips

3. Implement plenty of protein

This relates to consuming enough protein pre-workout, post-workout, in your breakfast, and right before bed. Protein is great for rebuilding muscles; helping you get rid of the soreness faster. So don’t be shy, protein is good for you!

4. Consume tart cherry juice

Hydration is important, but if you can fill up on something tasty, why not? Tart cherry juice might help reduce the swelling that occurs from injuring muscles. It’s a win-win situation. So instead of dealing with the pain, why not consume a tasty tart cherry drink.

5. Remember to stretch

Stretching, in any sense, is great for maximising your workout and prevent unnecessary injuries. However, stretching may also relieve some of the pain from a post-workout session. According to Barbara Bolotte, IFBB pro, “Make sure you allot at least 20 minutes after a workout to cool down and stretch. If you don’t plan for it, you are more likely to skip it.”

Read: Boxing Nutrition: What You Should Be Eating

Why not join one of our fun boxing classes to improve your overall health and fitness levels. You won’t regret it!

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6 Summer Weight-Loss Tips

With the beginning of summer only a few days away, it’s about time to get your booty back into shape the healthy kind of way. Although there are so many quick fixes on the market, they rarely give you lasting results; leaving you feeling frustrated and completely miserable. However, there are a few helpful ways of kick starting your summer weight-loss regime in the most healthy and effective ways possible.

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5 Important Self-Defence Tips For Women

Let’s face it, as much as we’d like to believe that men and women are equal, men have the upper hand when it comes down to physical strength. According to a study conducted by the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 45% of women in Africa have experienced physical and sexual violence, compared to 35% worldwide. In South Africa alone, 40% – 50% of women have reported violent attacks from an intimate partner or stranger and the numbers show no sign of slowing down.

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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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