Positives & Negatives of Kickboxing

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Positives & Negatives of Kickboxing
People engaging in kick-boxing should perform stretching activities prior to workout. (Kick-boxing 13 image by Alfredo Panini from Fotolia.com)

Kick-boxing is a cardiovascular exercise that offers many positive benefits as well as some negative consequences. Kick-boxing is a type of workout that combines aerobics, boxing and martial arts and includes kicks, punches and other martial-arts moves. This type of exercise lets you achieve a fit, healthy body and to build strength and coordination. Kick-boxing is considered a total body workout.

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Process

A typical kick-boxing class begins with a 10- to 15-minute warm-up period, which consists of multiple types of stretching activities. Then kicks and punches are introduced. Many kick-boxing classes offer skipping ropes to the attendees or time to use punching bags. Usually meeting three times a week, the class will typically last for 45 to 60 minutes. The last 15 minutes are used for a cool-down period and 10-minute stretching period. It is important to keep the body hydrated during the workout by drinking plenty of water. It is also important to wear clothes that are comfortable.

Positives

Kick-boxing combines simultaneous movements of the arms and legs, offering many benefits. A typical kick-boxing class that lasts for one hour can help a person burn 400 or more calories. The high-energy sport builds endurance and strength in people. Because this workout uses simultaneous movements, it is an activity that burns more calories per hour than many other types of workout programs. Kick-boxing also benefits a person's respiration and circulation. Both of these positive effects help improve the body and the heart. The heart muscle gets stronger through this exercise, which helps fight diabetes and heart disease. This activity builds strength, helps people lose excess body weight, increases stamina and helps boost energy levels.

Mental Benefits

Kick-boxing is not only beneficial for promoting a healthy physical body, but it also promotes a healthy mental attitude. It can be a stress reliever and a way to boost confidence and self-esteem. In addition, participants learn to defend themselves.

Negatives

Before a person begins kick-boxing, she should consult her doctor to get the approval that she is capable of doing this activity and that it will not cause harm. People suffering from arthritis, back or joint problems are discouraged from doing this activity. It can actually cause more harm than good in people suffering from these types of ailments. Another negative effect of kick-boxing is in beginners who engage in this activity too fast. Kick-boxing should be a gradual activity, allowing time for the body to become comfortable with it. Kickboxers should also be careful not to extend joints too far when exercising in this way. Joint injuries are common in kick-boxing, especially in beginners.

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