Kickboxing is a form of martial arts and a stand-up combat sport based on kicking and punching, historically developed from karate, Muay Thai and Western boxing. But many people get confused between kickboxing and boxing. Boxing is only about punching, striking and defense but kickboxing, as the name suggests, involves a lot of kicking. So, you use your leg muscles a lot, which is why this sport can also help you in shedding those extra pounds from your body and also in getting an overall fit and toned body.

How to get started?

To start with kickboxing you need to have a good trainer. Start your training with a light workout like walking, then light jogging and finally running. This will help your body in building stamina which prevents your muscles from injury during the kickboxing session. Your diet also plays an important role in preparing your body for kickboxing. Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet with healthy and balanced meals. This will provide required and sustained energy to your body which is essential in this sport.

How it help in burning fat?

Kickboxing is a high-energy workout which includes martial arts techniques and heart-pumping cardiovascular movements. High Intensity Kickboxing alone burns about 750 calories an hour. It allows participants to engage in a full body workout which makes your muscles work harder which in turn burns more calories and helps you in getting fitter and stronger. Kickboxing’s primary movements include kicks which play a big role in strengthening the legs, especially thigh and hamstring muscles. It also has knee moves which work on your core and balance, and punches which help in toning of back and shoulder muscles. Cardio kickboxing involves a lot of jumping, twists and turns. This ensures that the whole body is put through a rigorous workout. Besides burning calories, it also increases muscle definition in almost all areas of the body.

Other Benefits:

1. Apart from losing weight and toning of muscles kickboxing help you in learning some valuable self defense moves. 2. It helps you in releasing your stress and aggression. Kickboxing offers a healthy way to get out some of the day's frustrations out of your system, which will also help you get a better night’s sleep and improve mental clarity. 3. It also helps you in improving your confidence level because it empowers you with self defense as well as with a fit and stronger body.