Kickboxing is an exercise that combines cardio with martial arts techniques and usually consists of kicking, punching, shadow-boxing, jump-roping, and more. It is a high-energy workout that can help burn calories and fat. Research shows that performing kickboxing moves alone can be an incredibly efficient workout that can burn around 750 calories an hour. If you add other drills to your kickboxing routine and include jump-roping, you can burn up to 900 calories per hour. But why is cardio-kickboxing especially good for women? Because it can help burn stubborn belly fat.
It is common for women, as they age, to notice an increase in the fat around their waistline whether or not they are actually gaining weight. A decrease in estrogen levels is probably the culprit. Belly fat, however, can be dangerous to your health because it includes visceral fat which surrounds your internal organs and has been linked to the following:
- Problems breathing
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Certain types of cancer
- Premature death
According to research, the cardio-conditioning involved in kickboxing exercises is a highly effective way to burn stubborn belly fat. One study, published in the American Journal of Physiology found that aerobic exercise reduces belly fat better than resistance training because it burns 67 percent more calories, on average. Also, while kickboxing you are engaging every muscle group in your body, including working your back, and trimming your waist as a result of the core power required to execute the moves.
Other Reasons Kickboxing is Great for Women
There are other reasons kickboxing is good for women which include:
- Stress release
- Release of aggression
- Improves mental clarity
- Improves sleep
- Tones your body
- Teaches self-defense
- Increases self-confidence
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