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Boxing your way to fitness: burning the calories big time

By Cap Josue Cano

Do you burn 800 calories in your current workout? Would you like to know what exercise allows you to burn 800 calories in 60 minutes?

Imagine how much faster you can drop body fat if you burned 800 calories, considering that 3,500 calories is equivalent to one pound. Let’s take a look at what 800 calories looks like.

If you burned up 800 calories in four days, that would be 3,200 calories. That’s only 300 calories away from one pound. If you ate a Cheesecake Factory slice of cheesecake, that would set you back 610 calories. If you ate a Whopper with cheese from Burger King, it would cost you about 760 calories, according to the eatery’s Web site.

A 16-ounce (grande) Caramel Frappuccino (with whipped cream) from Starbucks would cost you about 430 calories. Just coffee, right? Think again. The “venti” size is the largest offered by the chain at 24 ounces, and I’m not even going to mention the calorie content in that one.

Fitness boxing: 800 calories burned

Fitness boxing is an all-conditioning exercise that incorporates the use of your arms in ways that other methods of cardiovascular exercise may not. With boxing, you are constantly active — by throwing punches, moving your body from side to side and bobbing and weaving (that’s dipping under punches) — and you are also engaging your lower body.

Anyone who has ever done any kind of boxing can tell you that legs start getting fatigued as the intensity increases. Because of the body’s constant movement, it is forced to utilize energy from calories to meet the demands that it faces. Extra energy is burned when performing other activities that complement a fitness boxing workout, such as jumping rope, push-ups, abdominal exercises, squats and other exercises. But don’t take my word for it.

Google “boxing” and “calories burned” and you will find several articles on the subject. Many of them state that boxing workouts amount to 800 calories burned. But the best way for you to know is to experience it. Try a session with a trainer. Go to a local boxing gym and take a class. Get some lessons before you begin, if you’re new to it.

Hitting something and releasing all that stress is a relief — not to mention that fitness boxing places little if any impact on the lower body’s joints, making it safe to do. Try it. And try it today.

About the Author:

Josué “Cap” Cano is a professional speaker and author of the book Don’t Wait Get in S.H.A.P.E.: Drop body fat fast and get fit quick. For more information visit www.josuecano.com.