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If you don’t like exercise but you want to work out more, boxing might be your thing. Aside from the fact that you’ll get to let out much needed frustration with a couple of punches, it’s a helluva good workout.

Here are five reasons we love it:

1- Fight yourself fit

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Thankfully, running isn’t the only way to get your heart rate up. And cardiovascular health is important, you need it to protect yourself from heart disease and burn calories (!). You can actually box for cardio, you don’t need the treadmill!

2- Box your calories goodbye

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Weight loss! You don’t have to go to the gym to lose weight, boxing will do it. Supposedly an adult male can burn between 700 and 1500 calories in an hour of boxing. Compare that to around 400 for an hour jogging, which just doesn’t sound nearly as much fun!

3- Work your body

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CrossFit isn’t the only full body workout. While you’re definitely working your arms during a session of boxing, you’ll also work your core and your legs. You can knock arm day, leg day and abs day out all at once!

4- Feel the HIIT

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The best kinds of workouts are the ones that keep working even when you stop. High intensity interval training is the key to the all-important after-burn. Getting your heart rate up for a short period and then bringing it down again is all you need to do, and boxing will help you do it!

5- Beat the stress

Joyful athletic woman celebrating her victory in a boxing match with her arms raised.

Yes, it helps to punch your feelings out (without hitting a person!), but there are other stress-fighting elements: first, you’ll release endorphins which will put you in a better mood; and second, the mental focus required for boxing workouts means you’ll finally have something to take your mind off all the things you’re always thinking about. A clear head and a good mood is a great combination.

Bonus: You can track your boxing sessions in the Lifesum app, it’s as easy as a click or two!

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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