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    Kickin' Fitness

    Written by: N Riley

    Submitted: 24th February 2007

    Everyone knows that kickboxing and boxing is a great workout, but what many people don't know, is that its just plain fun. We know how difficult it can be to fit exercise into a busy life, so when people do find the time, they want something fun as well as getting a good workout.

    The Basics

    Kickboxing also reduces and relieves stress.

    Before you decide to jump in and sign up for a class, you should keep a few basic guidelines in mind:

    Know your current fitness level

    Kickboxing is a high-intensity, high-impact form of exercise, so it's probably not a good idea to plunge in after a long stint as a couch potato. You might try preparing yourself by first taking a low-impact aerobics course or less physical form of exercise and working up to a higher level of endurance. When you do begin kickboxing, allow yourself to be a beginner by working at your own pace and not overexerting yourself to the point of exhaustion.

    Start slowly and don't overdo it

    The key to a good kickboxing workout is controlled movement. Overextending yourself by kicking too high or locking your arms and legs during movements can cause pulled muscles and tendons and sprained knee or ankle joints. Start with low kicks as you slowly learn proper kickboxing technique. This is very important for beginners, who are more prone to developing injuries while attempting quick, complicated kickboxing moves.

    Drink up

    Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after a class to quench your thirst and keep yourself hydrated.

    Why Kickboxing?

    Besides keeping your body fit, kickboxing has tons of other benefits. According to a study by the ACE, you can burn anywhere from 350 to 450 calories an hour with kickboxing!

    Kickboxing also reduces and relieves stress. Its rigorous workout - controlled punching and kicking movements are carried out with the discipline and skills required for martial arts. It can do wonders for feelings of frustration and anger. Practicing kickboxing moves can also help to improve balance, flexibility, coordination, and endurance.

    Kickboxing is also a great way to get a total body workout while learning simple self-defense moves. So try it out and jab, punch, and kick your way to fitness.

    Kickboxing classes, are held on top floor of The Barracuda Bar (Koncept Gym) and Sailors in Newquay, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm. Feel free to come and watch a class before signing up and somebody will be around to answer your questions.

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