Cardio Kickboxing – A Fun Way to Burn Calories and Relieve Stress, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

We are all looking for a new or fun way to burn calories and to make the fat from our body disappear.  Cardio kickboxing is a type of workout designed for everyone, on any fitness level.  It is a high intensity workout that will increase your flexibility and your strength.  It is a class that combines martial arts, boxing as well as traditional aerobic and toning movements into a cardiovascular exercise routine for a tough, total body workout. According to a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), averages of 350 - 450 calories are burned per hour in a cardio kickboxing class. A typical class consists of light stretches and a cardio warm up.  Repetitive punches, kicks and other self-defense moves are incorporated into a routine, choreographed to upbeat, popular songs.   The combination of moves inspired by popular dance styles and martial arts will improve your endurance while toning your muscles and defining your abdominal area.  The class will then end, 60 - 90 minutes later with a calming, cool down period.

Some of the martial arts moves that are included in your work out are front kicks, jabs, and uppercuts.  These moves specifically target parts of your body for a total body workout.  The front kicks burn fat and tone your legs, punches and jabs target your arms and your back, while uppercuts tone your abs and oblique muscles.  Although this is definitely a physical workout, there are additional benefits as well.  It is a great stress reliever! It is a positive and productive way to output the stresses of the day. As you focus your mental energy on the workout at hand, you can leave your cardio kickboxing class with some stress off of your shoulders.

Cardio Kickboxing If you are new to this type of workout, you might feel a little uncomfortable or uncoordinated your first class.  This is normal, so do not fret! It does not matter if you are a fitness guru or a novice, some of the moves will be new to your body, and your brain.  It will only take practice for you to pick up the simple routines, and in no time, you will be kicking cardio butt.

A few things to remember before you begin your first class- first, consider your fitness level.  Do not succumb to peer pressure and workout above your comfort zone, but do allow others to push and motivate you, though not to the point of injury.  Follow the instructor regarding proper stances and basic moves.  This will reduce your chance for injuries.  Do not forget to drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout.  The number one rule - have fun!!