Getting kids excited about fitness is harder than ever. With the lure of video games, the slow disappearance of recess in some schools, and the lingering sedentary habits from lockdown, children need more motivation (and more opportunities) to get moving!
Exercise needs to be not only engaging and enjoyable but also easily accessible to kids. Fitness should be effortlessly incorporated into their lives. It shouldn’t be something that causes added stress, but rather something that alleviates it.
This is one of many reasons boxing and kickboxing training is perfect for kids. It’s incredibly cathartic, and there is an endless variety of workouts to choose from so they never get bored. Here we’ll look at some of the top ways to get your child excited about fitness, and why boxing and kickboxing have a special advantage in getting kids hooked.
Exercise shouldn’t feel like a chore for anyone. Children in particular need fitness to be fun, not another task on their busy schedules. Boxing and kickboxing are a blast for kids of all ages, and the training encompasses such a wide variety of workouts there is always something new to try. You can switch it up with some strength and conditioning, or try some different stretching exercises.
A huge part of what makes these workouts so enjoyable is that boxing and kickboxing are incredible outlets for pent-up stress and frustration. Adults and children alike can feel the thrill of delivering a powerful blow to the bag.
How often do children get permission to hit stuff? Punch something? Kick something? Letting a child glove up and beat on a punching bag can almost make them feel like they’re getting away with something they would otherwise be forbidden to do. There is nothing kids love more than to break the rules – boxing is a safe, healthy way to give them that opportunity to let loose.
Healthy competition can get kids hooked on fitness, hence the allure of competitive sports. With FightCamp's punch tracking technology, kids can compete against their best score or against their peers, which can make boxing workouts feel like a game. They can see their punch count ‘score’ tally up in real-time, and they have a benchmark to beat for the next workout. If they want to challenge others to a round, they can try Versus Mode and really sharpen their competitive edge.
Be a Role Model
One of the best ways to get a kid excited about fitness is to be a good role model. Leading by example is a powerful motivator for children. By demonstrating a healthy lifestyle, you are modeling healthy habits that your child will adopt in their own life.
Healthy eating and regular exercise are habits that can set a child up for success. Instilling these values at a young age makes it easier for your kids to incorporate healthy choices into their lives.
Boxing and kickboxing make it easier to spark a kids’ curiosity about what you’re up to – they tend to be pretty impressed by the ‘cool factor’ of seeing mom or dad go full Mike Tyson on a heavy bag. Simply starting an at-home boxing program yourself can get the whole household excited about it.
How To Start Boxing With Kids
Boxing and kickboxing are perfect for children of all ages. The benefits of boxing for kids go far beyond being an exceptional workout. Boxing training builds confidence, teaches discipline, releases stress, and manages frustration – skills that all people of every age need to learn. It is as beneficial to one’s mindset as it is to one’s body, helping you become physically and mentally fit.
FightCamp is popular with families and offers numerous resources on fitness, nutrition, and wellness for everyone in the household. The FightCamp Tribe package includes equipment like boxing gloves for kids to get them bonding over bag workouts with you.
If you and your kids are ready to start training like pro boxers and kickboxers, get access to hundreds of boxing, kickboxing, strength, conditioning, recovery, and stretching workouts that will push you mentally and physically. Download the FREE FightCamp App and train with real professionals from the comfort of your own home.