Boxing for fitness...with Tony 'Bomber' Bellew
As the quest for fulfilling New Years resolutions of healthier lifestyles continues, we spoke to boxing champion and star of the latest Rocky Balboa film 'Creed' Tony Bellew, and our Consultant Orthopaedic hand surgeon Mike Hayton, to find out why they think boxing is the ultimate exercise to not only help you lose weight and get fitter, but to improve your health overall.
(L-R) Tony 'Bomber' Bellew, Sylvester Stallone, and Michael B Jordan attend the European Premiere of 'Creed'.
Boxing has recently grown in prominence as a firm workout favourite amongst athletes, celebrities, and models, as “boxing combines aerobic and anaerobic exercise, working the whole-body including the arms, legs, and the all-important core" says Mike "whilst reducing stress, improving concentration and mental agility. Not only that but on average you can burn between 300 - 600 calories per hour, and it’s a sport that can easily be split into smaller high intensity sessions too.”
It’s many benefits include:
- Developing cardiovascular fitness, which can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced risk of stroke.
- Improved muscle tone.
- Improved bone density, which can help prevent osteoporosis (brittle bones) in later life.
Professional boxer and star of ‘Creed’, Tony Bellew thinks boxing is a great sport to take up "as it’s not just an all round body workout, but it can also help to grow your confidence and teach you self-defence.
It’s definitely risen in popularity recently, and I think that’s because the training is so enjoyable and extremely rewarding. It also doesn't take long before you can actually see your physique changing either.”