Kickboxing is a Japanese form of martial arts that was based on kicking and punching. Historically developed from karate, kickboxing is often practiced for self-defence and general fitness.
Kickboxing has very recently come into prominence ever since its virtues have been widely circulated among this fitness-crazy generation. Apart from giving an over-all workout, which includes toning of the muscles from shoulders, arms to abdomen, hips and thighs, kick-boxing acts as a stress-reliever and does a wonderful job in getting rid of pent-up stress and frustration.
Fitness magazine has shown kickboxing CAN BURN UP TO 500 CALORIES OR MORE PER HOUR depending upon the intensity of the workout. So kickboxing is way ahead of walking that can burn a mere 183 calories per hour if done at a pace of 2 mph.
However, KICKBOXING IS A HIGH-INTENSITY WORKOUT and if overdone it might result in adverse effects as well. Experts say an hour and 15 minutes of kickboxing spread over the span of a week is enough to fetch optimum results.
But if somebody is interested to lose weight than having a healthier body, kickboxing is not the right avenue.
Kickboxing works on the muscles so a person emerges healthier at the end of a kickboxing session but not necessarily lighter. Kickboxing works on each and every muscle and in a way sculpts them so from head to toe all the muscles get to feel the workout. If a person is serious about kickboxing, it is also essential to have a healthy diet with a sensible combination of all the correct nutrients.
It is advisable to go slow on kickboxing as it is important to learn the proper techniques first, like kicking, punching, getting the correct stance and then getting steadier with it. Many people try out kick-boxing without knowing the actual technique, which might be harmful for the body. So it is best to know the right technique first and then go on about it.
The best part about a successful workout is the flexibility it gives the body AND KICKBOXING CAN MAKE THE BODY SUPPLE AND FLEXIBLE because of the twists and turns that are involves in the entire workout schedule. A flexible body is a relaxed body and a relaxed body state as we all know is highly desirable. A relaxed body promotes proper secretion of various hormones and helps promote an active body and mind state.
The best part about kickboxing is that it helps to teach the techniques of self-defence and at the same time makes the body sculpted and fit.
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