Cardiovascular ~ Aerobic ~Fitness

Cardio Training

Cardiovascular Fitness

Cardio (Aerobic) training could be considered to include
any activity that elevates the heart and breathing rate.

Boxing  requires intense physical movement involving the use of your muscles… and muscles need oxygen in order to break down the glucose (sugar) in your bloodstream to create energy…. So the first step to increasing your fight endurance is to work on your cardio, which results in an increase in your body’s rate of oxygen absorption.

The higher your oxygen intake, the more oxygen your muscles can absorb and the more glucose you will be able to take advantage of. Having better cardio means you can do more physical exercise without getting out of breath.

Increasing your cardiovascular endurance

Virtually any exercise that raises your heart-rate, when done for a period of time at a high-enough pace, could be considered cardio exercise. Running, swimming, biking, skipping rope, are all good examples of cardio training for fighters.

The general rule is that you have to raise your heart-rate by pushing yourself a little bit.  Running 5 km a day won’t necessarily improve your Cardio Fitness if you are totally relaxed the whole time. Boxing itself is an excellent cardio exercise. Hitting the bag, sparring, and generally moving your body over and over is great for developing cardio.

Other benefits of cardio training include:

  • A healthier heart leads to a healthier brain later in life

  • Improves recovery from many diseases

  • Increases bone density (especially with high impact forms of cardio)

  • Increases the efficiency of the cardiopulmonary system (i.e. the lungs work better, and the body delivers oxygen to the muscles more effectively)

  • Best means of exercise to burn calories and therefore lose fat

  • Helps regulate depression and other forms of mental illness

  • Reduces stress