To mark Mental Health Awareness Week and the Insights 22 Festival, we’re spotlighting the boxing sessions that are being ran by one of our CFO Activity Hubs. Recently, Sheffield’s CFO Activity Hub has partnered up with Knox Boxing Gym to run free to attend, weekly boxing sessions for all participants. Boxing is becoming one of the most popular workouts amongst both men and women, not only does it increase physical strength, it also brings plenty of wellbeing benefits to help balance your mind;

Mental Health Benefits of boxing

  1. Helps to relieve stress and stimulates endorphin production – Everybody experiences both stress and anxiety. When boxing, your brain increases the production of endorphins (your body’s natural painkiller hormone). This causes those ‘feel-good’ thoughts you get whilst exercising/post-session. Furthermore, punching helps to relieve the tension built up in your muscles – so the more you exercise you will find that your focus increases, thus helping you to forget the reasons behind your stress.
  2. Helps you switch off from the outside world, meaning you can be present in the moment – In order to box well, you need to be able to be fully concentrated on the task in hand. Boxing is fast-paced and fun, which leaves little room in your head for other thoughts. If you’re able to switch off from these daily stresses and focus on exercising, it’ll give you a fresh perspective to better deal with any problems.
  3. Helps to build self-confidence and learn about yourself – As you begin boxing, you’ll start to understand the way your brain works and reacts as you develop your own unique style. The sport is made up of infinite punch combinations such as jabs, hooks, and uppercuts, so being able to complete these combinations successfully takes thorough concentration, practice, and perseverance. In terms of self-confidence, boxing can help to make you feel more powerfully mentally and gives you the fighting spirit to tackle challenging situations. Boxing also provides you with a sense of achievement which builds self-esteem. The valuable skills that you learn from boxing can also be applied to both work and social settings, such as; understanding your opponent and finding what works well for you/why you do certain processes your way.

From the image above, you can see that the weekly sessions have been a real success in Sheffield, with plenty of participants returning each week. If you’d like to get involved with the CFO Activity Hubs and attend any sessions, please see our website here for more information.