I often feel there are so many sports and athletic adventures out there that I’m itching to try. One sport I’ve always been intrigued by is boxing. The grit and mental toughness required made it this alluring venture I figured I’d somehow, someday take on. Finally, about 8 months ago I walked into Title Boxing in Palm Beach Gardens (which I now call My Happy Place) and all my hypotheticals evaporated, leaving a slight obsession in its wake. Trainers often make all the difference and there, they’re the best of the best. The music is bumping and the atmosphere is full of energy every time I walk in; which is such an essential element to any gym, I think. When I arrive, whatever worries I’ve got weighing me down are inevitably far from my mind by the time warm up is over and sweat’s dripping down my face.
There’s something about boxing’s obligatory mental focus mixed with intense physical exertion that brings clarity of mind and a renewed energy of spirit. It’s gotta be the best thing about the sport. When your body’s screaming from the workout (I mean, you’re near exhaustion) and you’re trying to stay focused on a combo, you simply can’t be thinking about anything else. At least, I know I can’t. If you often feel overwhelmed, stressed, or plagued by worries boxing might be right for you too. The stress relief of hitting the bag combined with the required focus is just the antidote.
Also, as a mom, you’ve gotta be picky with your workouts. They’ve got to be worth your while because they have to be meticulously timed around meals and naps if baby is being toted along with you, or you’ve gotta line up a sitter. Whatever you do, however you make them happen, there’s effort required just to get there. Boxing is worth it. I lug Gunnar with me to my workouts at Title before his morning nap; he sits next to me in a pack ‘n’ play with some toys and a bottle and just hangs out listening to the music pump as I box. My gym is supportive enough that they actually let me do that. It’s incredible. And if I’d never asked for it, I never would have known it could be an option. I feel like as women and moms we always want to be accommodating to others, when sometimes we just have to say, “This is what I need,” and then figure out a way to make it happen. If we did this more often, we might be surprised by the outpouring of supportive, like minded people willing to help a mom get her workout in. Boxing is my one-two punch for stress relief and a healthy body. Simply put, it makes me feel strong, able, and ready to take charge of my life. And we all know a healthy mom is a happy mom; go get it.