Most have heard the wise wisdom of Hippocrates, spoken in 390 BC, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” It's true, when you have a healthy relationship with food, it can be used to improve your overall lifestyle, and even be used medicinally. But eating well is only a fraction of what you can do on a daily basis in order to truly live your best life.
Call them what you want: tenets, principles, methods. Here, we will take a look at six (6) commonly used practices, like diet and nutrition, that you can incorporate into your daily routine to truly maximize your boxing potential.
6 Practices To Enhance Your Well-Being
Movement is something that you should be doing daily. Exercise doesn't have to mean a set workout, but a sedentary lifestyle has detrimental effects on general wellness and has been shown to increase the risk of disease. Every day, you should make it a priority to be active. Boxing workouts, runs, yoga, swimming, whatever movement looks like to you, just get up and do it. Exercise can truly have a profound effect on our overall mental state and our mood.
And we aren’t the only ones who think so! Here's an excerpt from Mike Tyson during one of our recent interviews with the champ.
Even during the time of Hippocrates people understood the vital role diet plays in health and wellness.
Maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet has numerous benefits. Studies have shown that the overconsumption of sugars, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, and processed foods can contribute to a higher likelihood of developing comorbidities (two or more medical conditions or diseases are simultaneously present in an individual). Having a well-rounded boxer diet can reduce the risk of many common diseases such as:
High Blood Pressure
As you may already know, especially if you have been following the FightCamp Blog, recovery plays one of the most crucial roles in your boxing training but for your overall wellness too. If you want to work (and play) hard, you need to recover just as hard. If you need more convincing, check out these articles on all things recovery:
One of the main protocols of proper recovery is sleep. Considering you spend almost one-third of your lifetime sleeping, it plays one of the most vital roles in your health throughout your life and should never be underestimated. Getting sufficient, high-quality sleep is important for protecting your mental health, physical health, and overall quality of life.
Chronic, poor sleep has been linked to many health diseases such as:
High Blood Pressure
This is why it is so important to set up a solid nighttime routine, as well as focus on doing things to help maximize your sleep quality, such as removing electronics from the bedroom.
There are numerous studies that show the medicinal benefits that nature has on health and wellness. Spending time in nature, soaking up the natural sunlight and vitamin D, and breathing in the fresh air, is a holistic way of improving your health and psychological well-being.
It can be as simple as taking a stroll through the park, doing your roadwork at the beach, or jumping rope in the backyard.
6. Social Connection
If there is something we have all learned from the pandemic, it’s that we truly are social creatures and we yearn for connection. There have been several studies about the role social connections play and how they improve mental and emotional well-being.
And what better way to improve social connections than through a community. FightCamp is the boxing and kickboxing leader in connected fitness. The FightCamp Facebook Community offers one of the best social communities for like-minded boxers and kickboxers cheering each other on to reach their highest potential.
Be Your Best Self
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