Box your way to better Mental Health!
There are many reasons why exercising and physical activity are good for your health – not only does it keep your heart and body strong, it’s also good for your mental health.
Physical activity and exercise release endorphins providing benefits for psychological wellbeing. Improved mood, relaxation, release from daily stress and reduced fatigue are only a few of the benefits achieved from an active lifestyle.
Boxing in particular allows people to release controlled anger or aggression – punching a bag or pads gets out the frustration! Martial arts and boxing are also one of the most social exercises due to the interaction between people during training. The combination of social exercise and fitness can help people suffering from depression and low self-esteem. Some of our Lonsdale Ambassadors have experienced this first-hand:
Darren Barker – English Middleweight Boxer
“The mental benefits of boxing are just as important as the physical benefits. It has taught me discipline, respect and control, and has helped me in my everyday life. I owe boxing a lot.”
Tom Watson – UFC Middleweight
“MMA enables you to face a lot of challenges and gets you used to mental discipline. You have to rely on yourself – so when something in life comes up against you, you have more chance of dealing with it because you’re used to dealing with obstacles.”
Cathy Brown – Ex Professional British Boxer & Sport Performance Coach
“Boxing training helps to reduce anxiety as it releases serotonin, which is the hormone that regulates mood and sleep. You will be mentally stronger because you will feel less stressed and have more energy and feel less lethargic because you will get better sleep, all giving you a better state of mental health.
Boxing is also great for self esteem and confidence, as you will be and feel physically stronger, fitter and empowered.”
Mental Health Foundation:
“We’re delighted to have the support of Lonsdale for our Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s thanks to the support of hundreds of organisations like Lonsdale that we are able to raise awareness of mental health problems with a wider audience, to fight against stigma and discrimination and help everyone to live mentally healthier lives”