Boxing for Anger Management
It’s Monday, and I’ve not had the best of days. You know those days where you can’t get anything finished and every incoming call is a problem. For some reason it felt like all the problems were coming my way!
But rather than be de-motivated and give in to a lame excuse and not do the workout – I was actually looking forward to it. Hopefully an intense boxing workout in Power & Speed 2 was going to sort me out. And it did – the frustrations quickly drained away and I was still happy to hear Corney introducing Round 7.
“I’m going to give you combinations to do – and at the end of each combination we’ll finish with one ‘hard’ shot.”
Did I hear “Hard Shot”? Magic words! The punch bag was going to take a beating – and I had all the imaginary faces lined up for the ‘hard’ left hook or right cross. I was blasting away all the morning’s troubles with every punch – and it was deeply satisfying throwing those body and head shots!
It’s perhaps one aspect of boxing training and fitness in general I’ve underestimated – how exercise can change your mood. How a 30-minute workout can take you away from your daily reality, provide a routine to vent frustrations and relieve stress – and give a big dose of exercise at the same time.
It felt good to switch from a negative to positive mindset – pleased that I rose to the challenge and finished another tough workout, and feeling better for just simply releasing pent up anger in a safe but explosive manner. It must be the buzz of all those endorphins pumping through my body – who’d have thought it, me ….endorphins!?
I guess over the past 6 weeks I’ve focused on weight loss, muscle gain and learning to box, but stress relief has to be a vital fourth component to this Fight Yourself Fit challenge. Except for a barrage of swear words normally directly towards the monitor (like that ever helps) I’ve had no healthy outlet to turn to in moments for stress.
Thinking about stress, remember on Day Zero? After a check up at the doctors I was told my blood pressure was 151/110. I measured it again today – 43 days later and it read – 120/62. That’s well within normal range, and for me – a remarkable turnaround.