In a Workout Rut? There’s No Better Time to Start Boxing

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After 9-months of working together to keep ourselves and one another safe from the spread of COVID-19 in true Canadian fashion, people around the country are looking for ways to stay active and maintain a sense of community that many have lost. After all, human beings are social creatures and isolating from those we love – is hard.

According to a recent poll reported by camh.ca, 50% of Canadians reported worsening mental health since the pandemic began. As the days (literally) get darker, it is getting harder and harder to find ways to pick ourselves up and carry on. And in the midst of isolation, furloughs, lay-offs and holidays spent longing for the company of those we love, we have to make time for some serious self-care.

Exercise for Mental Health
If you’re finding yourself in a physical rut brought on by COVID hibernation, there are a number of things you can do to improve your mood and lift your spirits.

One of the easiest steps you can take towards lessening stress is ensuring you incorporate exercise into your daily routine. For adults, the Government of Canada recommends 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week. Or, to put it into context, three 1-hour boxing classes per week.

But don’t listen to us, take it from the experts. According to numerous studies, exercise has been proven to increase endorphins, reduce stress hormones and help with depression and anxiety. So much in fact that a study by the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) found that people who exercised vigorously were 25% less likely to develop depression or anxiety over the next five years.

The Physical Benefits of Boxing
If you’re getting tired of home workouts and hesitant to return to the big gyms, now is a great chance to try something new. At West End Athletic Club, our tight-knit community of boxing enthusiasts are ready and waiting to welcome new members with open arms, figuratively of course. #SafetyFirst

Not only does boxing offer you an efficient cardio workout – according to Harvard Health Publishing, a person who weighs 155 lbs can burn around 660 calories during a 60 minute class – it also improves balance, coordination, reactivity and agility! Plus, whether you’re putting a tough day behind you or gearing up for what lies ahead, boxing is a cathartic workout that lets you leave it all on the floor, feeling empowered and ready to take on the world.

Here at West End Athletic Club, we’ve taken extra steps to ensure that new members feel welcome. Read more about our COVID-19 protocol, pricing and fitness options online. Questions about joining? Give us a call at 416-621-1234 or send us an email at info@westendac.com. Start your boxing journey with WEAC and find a family you didn’t know you had. We can’t wait to meet you!

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Arden Jobling-Hey is a Freelance Writer based in Toronto, Ontario specializing in Health & Wellness, Travel and Non-Profit