Boxing and PD - Learn how to punch back
There is growing evidence that vigorous exercise may have a neuroprotective effect for people with PD and that this type of exercise can help manage the symptoms associated with PD.
Boxing has become a very popular community exercise choice amongst the parkinson’s population. This high intensity, rigorous training creates an opportunity for participants to perform beyond their perceived capabilities.
Boxing classes are not only focused on hitting a big, heavy bag with funny gloves! Boxing classes also include…
Light speed bag work
Circuit weight training
There is a long list of physical benefits of boxing. It includes…
Increased core, upper body and lower strength
Improved hand-eye coordination
Better cognitive processing
Relieve symptoms for soft-voice disorders
Improve walking quality
Improved balance and agility
Improved reaction time
Besides all of the physical benefits of boxing, the sport is also an amazing place to join a social network and make friends within the Parkinson’s community. Boxing in a community gym creates a camaraderie! It is an encouraging environment where participants have the opportunities to share their life stories and experiences with others who may or may not be going through the exact same situations. Studies have shown that exercising with a group has a lot of emotional benefits.
One study from 2020 reports that after participating in Rock Steady Boxing
70% of people felt an improvement in their social life
63% of people felt a reduction in fatigue
62% of people felt less fearful of falling
60% of people felt a reduction in depression
59% of people felt a reduction in anxiety
You may be wondering how to get involved in boxing. Rock steady boxing is a nationwide organization, which train coaches in a boxing program specifically geared towards individuals with PD. Click here is where you can find a class near you