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Uncommon benefits of boxing

I’ve been boxing since my teens. Apart from the physical benefits, there are uncommon lessons I’ve learnt from boxing.

Boxing regularly builds resilience

Often going to the gym. Pushing yourself in training, hitting and getting hit regularly all build resilience. It is difficult to come back from a punch in the beginning, but the longer you train, the easier it’s to come back from difficulty.

It’s all in the head

Everything hurts in boxing, from the training to the punches, the training, even going to the gym. Discomfit is just a mindset. You need to start being comfortable with the uncomfortable.

If you’re not uncomfortable, then you should be worried. It just means you’re not pushing as hard as you should. Feeling pain means your skin is still in the game.

Always keep your eyes on your opponent

When under attack, it’s natural to want to close your eyes and cover up. But it’s the punches which you don’t see that hurt the most. When you’re prepared for what’s coming, the punches have little chance of it overwhelming you. When something creeps past you, that’s the punch that will do the damage.

Use fear to your advantage

Boxing can be scary at times. And it’s not easy getting hit. It helps if you use fear to your advantage. Use fear to get you up in the morning and motivate you. Use fear to push you harder. Fear should inspire you. The only time you should be worried is when you’re not scared.

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