For many folks out there, boxing is considered one of the most brutal sports there is. Surprisingly, this statement is far from the truth. Did you know that boxing requires 80% of mental engagement and only 20% of the physical strength? That is why professional boxers need to work as much on their mental strength as on their training to stay standing in the ring.
It doesn’t matter if you are a pro or use boxing to release stress; you can get a lot of benefits by doing this sport. From channelling your anxiety to focusing your excessive energy, boxing can provide you with physical and emotional satisfaction. However, to box correctly, you need to balance the body and mind.
Let see how to strengthen your mental health and use it as your driving force in both the ring and everyday life.
How does boxing help us build up our mental strength?
In the last couple of years, boxing climbed up to the top of the fitness trend. It seems like everybody is doing it; the kids, women, middle-aged men, and not to mention its influence in the fashion world. The models and celebrities seem obsessed with boxing, including it in their everyday work out sessions to build up their body mass. However, it appears that boxing does a lot more than keeping them fit. Let’s see what it is!
1. Boxing is a great way to deal with depression and anxiety.
Let’s face it; we live in a world where we must think of about ten things at once to balance between work and family life. In 2020 we faced the Coronavirus outbreak that left many people anxious and even depressed.
We all can use some time out, right? Boxing is all about being focused on one task. It is a fast and dynamic sport that doesn’t leave you with enough time and energy to focus on other things. Many people use it to escape reality to feel fresh to deal with their everyday issues with more ease.
2. Boxing is a great way to deal with anger.
Boxing can relieve tension and stress a great deal. It ultimately offers you a venue where you can channel all of your negative feelings, converting your anger into a physical act of punching the opponent or a punching bag. It is a safe and effective way to get rid of harmful emotions.
On the other hand, this sport can help you know your true self by focusing your bad energy on developing your unique boxing style. Boxing is a strategic sport, which requires precision, concentration, and calmness. By the time you will nourish these things in the ring, it will also come in handy once you encounter your everyday stress triggers.
3. Boxing can help you learn how to take punches.
Defeat is a part of our lives. However, it seems that we have a problem accepting this fact. Boxing can teach you how to develop your fighting spirit and gain more confidence, but it can also teach you how to stay humble.
No matter how aggressive it may look from the outside, in the inside of the athlete, there are subtle emotional shifts that help him move forward when all the odds are against him. This sense of achievement and willingness to move on can help you deal with your everyday life challenges.
How to master the mental skills necessary to be successful in the ring?
Now that we know all the mental health benefits boxing can offer us, we must understand the best ways to approach and practice this sport. As mentioned before, mental strength is essential if you want to stay and enjoy the ring. But how can we achieve this state of mind, and how can we benefit from it?
1. Practice and nourish your toughness in the right way.
Yes, boxing is, by all means, a brutal sport. There is violence, and you need to punch your opponent until he gets on the ground or until he cannot fight you anymore. However, you need to know that boxing is a more strategic and psychology demanding sport than many others that are considered “Safe.”
It is a synchronized dance between two people who use their physical stamina to compete; this is what audience may see from the outside. On the inside, both opponents are dealing with plenty of emotions under pressure, and they need to be mentally tough to win.
The winner ultimately will not be the “stronger” or the “tough” one. It is usually quite contrary. The best opponent is the one who manages to use his strength strategically and wisely and show control in his movements to save strength.
2. Practice your Concentration.
Another mental strength trait that can help you a big deal in the ring is maintaining your focus and concentration during the match. You can quickly lose your grip once your focus shifts from your opponent to getting your breath back.
Your attention can be easily divided between your opponent and your trainer, giving you advice during the match. It is essential to distinguish, here and now, from the rest of the world to last more in the ring. This skill you can practice between the matches by quieting your mind and focusing on your breathing.
3. Practice your discipline.
Before ever being in the ring, you need to know that discipline is required from every athlete that wants a good result. That means not skipping your training sessions, eating well, and resting enough. Practicing a healthy lifestyle will, for sure, put you on the right track if you are going for success in the ring. Not to mention that endorphin levels will make you feel great.
The discipline will give you the motivation to do better and stay in the ring longer. The hard work pays off, and you can get a lot from being consistent and mindful during your training sessions.
Boxing is a beautiful sport that offers a lot of benefits to your body and mental health. However, it would help if you worked on your mental strength to take your boxing to the next level and be successful in the ring. The main traits you need to develop is consistency, focus, and control. If you manage to embrace all of them, you can use your time in the ring to the fullest, and enjoy every second of it.
About the Author:
Hi, I am Maja, a writer for Simple Smart Science on healthy lifestyle enhancements. I’m a kickbox lover and a psychology enthusiast. I love to learn and research the impact that sport has on the human psyche.