- 3 ways boxing can benefit your mental health
- How Boxing helped Prince Harry and Tyson Fury with their mental health
- Why we need to JUST TALK!
Boxing is known for getting you fit, lean and physically strong, however it can also improve your mental strength and help with stress, depression and anxiety.
One of the reasons I got into boxing in the first place was because I was an aggressive teenager and I found that whenever I went to my boxing classes I would always come out of there a lot happier than I went in and I was a lot less aggressive!
I have also struggled with depression. Believe it or not, this was at a time when I wasn‘t training much at all and certainly wasn’t boxing.
I realised that I was getting down and sometimes angry and upset about silly things that wouldn’t normally bother me. I found that by working out and boxing again I felt better and the depression eventually went.
Don’t get me wrong, this was just my personal experience and I’m not saying that it was just the boxing or working out that made me less depressed, I’m just saying that I feel like it certainly helped.
ANYONE can get anxiety or depression at any time. Tyson Fury was the Heavyweight Champion of the World when he nearly committed suicide whilst driving his car at speed.
Thankfully, a voice in his head told him not to do it and to think of his family and friends. Around this time he was also using cocaine, was suspended from boxing and gained a lot of weight before seeking help.
He has since spoken out about this and about his struggles with mental health and is raising more awareness. He has now fell in love with boxing again, lost a load of weight and has made a sensational come back and gained even more fans.
Prince Harry has also claimed that boxing saved him from a mental breakdown. This was around the time of the death of his mother Princess Diana.
He said “During those years I took up boxing because everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it’s a really good way of letting out aggression. And that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone, so being able to punch someone who had pads was certainly easier.”
We need to talk to people when feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. I felt as though I couldn’t talk to my friends when I was down as I wasn’t sure what they would think of me.
Would it make me less of a man because I’m depressed?
Would my friends just think its funny?..
This is a ridiculous way of thinking but that’s how it was. Once I started to speak to people that’s when I realised it’s ok to feel like this and there is help out there.
If you are struggling in any way or know someone that is then JUST TALK! Being silent is not being strong.
There are plenty of charities out there now that can help you such as:
- Can boxing help with mental health?
- Can boxing help with anxiety?
- Can boxing help with depression?
Here are some ways that boxing can help improve your mental health…
Let’s be honest, sometimes it feels good to just punch things! But rather than doing something silly and punching someone or hurting yourself and punching a solid wall, why don’t you go and hit a punch bag or pads?
It’s been proven that boxing can increase endorphins which are released from the brain and give you happy thoughts and feelings. If you’ve had a bad or stressful day at work there’s nothing better than letting out all that stress by punching stuff!
SWITCHING OFF FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD:
No matter how sh*t your day has been if you step into a gym whether it is for a class, a 1-2-1 with a coach or just training on your own you can leave all those worries behind and just focus on your session and I guarantee you will feel so much better at the end of the session.
BUILDS SELF CONFIDENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM:
You always learn something when you box. Whether that’s because you are a beginner and you’re learning a new skill or if you’re a bit more advanced and sharpening your skills. This will always give you a sense of achievement and build confidence.
So why not try boxing for yourself?
You could find a boxing gym near you. You could try a boxing class or get a 121 session with a boxing coach. Or you could get some online boxing coaching.
This is where Hyperformance Gym can help.
If you are looking for a boxing gym near Slough why not contact me today and we can discuss what we have available for you!
If you are looking for online boxing coaching or personal training, get in touch today!
Mark – Hyperformance Gym