Boxing Workout and its Benefits

Hello there ladies and gents! I hope you are doing amazing. Have you been working on your fitness routine? I sure hope you are! If not yet, well, let me tell you, it’s never too late to start! like NOW! no age limit, no excuses!

As for me, I have been into this fitness journey for 4 years now. I was just talking to a friend who is in the same journey (from fat to fit) and I am amazed how time flies and that it has been this long since I made that decision to change myself and take care of my body.

I have been asked a lot of times by my friends which workout is the most effective in terms of losing the extra pounds and which one does it FASTER! Well to be honest, I will be a bit biased because I love weights training despite being in the trail running sport for 2 years now, so I would say lifting weights can shed off the extra pounds faster aside from it shaping your body. Most fitness models and coaches says the same, but don’t just take my word for it, do your own research.

Me Currently trying to stay fit and active
Knock Out Boxing and Fitness with Angel at Knock Out Boxing and Fitness

I mentioned in my previous blog – 6 Ways to Jumpstart Your Fitness Journey, to participate in an exercise or a sport that you love so working out and losing weight at the same time doesn’t become a tedious chore. I can recommend one, how about BOXING? Personally I find it such a lung-busting workout! Imagine exerting effort in throwing those punches while moving the rest of your body? I had the opportunity to do it again with one good friend who is also a health buff and an advocate of fitness and good health for women, Angel. It was her first time and we had a great time doing it that it felt like we were just playing, but oh boy! we were seriously sweating! Video below to prove how much fun we had!

What are the Benefits of Boxing?

Cardio and Calorie Burning
It is a high intensity training. From shuffling from side to side, punching, you rarely have the time to stop. It can burn up to 1000 calories (granting you go full force with it). As this is a high intensity training, you not only burn heaps of calories during the session, but for hours after the training session has ended.

Increased Cardiovascular Fitness
This makes your heart and lungs work overtime to pump blood containing oxygen all around your body as you throw those punches. Boxing tests one’s cardiovascular system to the max, forcing the body to adapt by making your heart and lungs better at delivering oxygen. I personally love this part as a trail runner running ultra distances.

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Cordillera Mountain Ultra – Bucket List Ticked Off

“Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway”

Chose that quote to open this post because that’s how I exactly felt at my recently concluded Cordillera Mountain Ultra race in Tinongdan, Itogon Benguet. CMU50 has been a bucket list since I started trail running. We wanted to join 2018 but we were not able to push through so we put it off a bit as we were also not prepared.

Then 2019 schedule came out and we were on it again, wanting to tick off that trail run race bucket list! I was really skeptical, no, actually scared at first. I had tons of apprehensions and was too scared to go out of my comfort zone. I have this issue of doubting myself even before I do something I want to do (good). Thanks to teammates and friends who are strong-willed, persistent, and confident, who included me in the registration and paid it ahead. I was left with no choice but to train and suck it all up! No turning back now! We knew we were up against a tough race because hey! it’s Cordillera! So we trained the best way we can and the best way we knew how.

One week before race day, after my last cardio training, I GOT SICK! I knew it from the symptoms that I will be having a flu and I was anxious because it would usually take me 5 days to a week to fully recover. So instead of doing taper runs for the week, I ended up staying at home and in bed for the most part of the week just resting. I must’ve consumed all the vitamin C in the world just to feel better!

Met with Sir Toni and C3 in Manila before we took our bus to Baguio

I flew to Manila with my friends/teammates still not feeling well (2 days before race day) and met some friends there before heading to Baguio. We arrived at Baguio 3AM Friday with no reserved accommodation from anywhere. Plan was just to have breakfast at Cafe by the Ruins (That Thing Called Tadhana keshe!), and then market for foods to bring in Tinongdan. We walked along the session road to look for an open establishment for coffee and stayed at Burnham Park until 7:00 in the morning then headed to Elena’s friend’s place to leave our bags before hitting the wet market. And we are all set to our race destination!

Breakfast at Cafe by the Ruins in Baguio with my girls

Going Tinongdan

This year’s CMU race commenced at Tinongdan, Itogon. Tinongdan is the second largest barangay in Itogon, Benguet and is one of the tourist destinations in Cordillera with Mt. Ugo as a popular destination among mountaineers and trail runners. We were informed ahead that there will only be one trip going to Tinongdan daily via Jeepney and it leaves before lunch. We of course made sure we get to the terminal before 11 in the morning to ensure a seat. The jeepney left Baguio almost 2pm! Can’t imagine we waited almost 3 hours just sitting there :D, patience is virtue mga dhai!

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6 Tips To Start Your Own Fitness Journey

I remember the first time I stepped into the gym. It was very intimidating because, 1. it was my first time to be at a gym for the longest time, 2. I felt like I was too fat and unfit to be there 3. I had no friends with me that I almost took a u-turn and just head home! I seriously had to brave up getting my ass inside that unfamiliar territory. Glad I did because it changed my life and brought me to where I am now. Thus, my Fitness journey began.

That day, that courage, that decision, changed my life. Fitness became a lifestyle. My social media feeds gradually changed too, mostly showing gym photos, workout routines, and progress photos. Later on my journey my family and friends started to notice the weightloss and the physical change. At first I loved the feeling of people noticing how fit I have become and later on, that transcended to the desire of inspiring women to take on this journey too because if I did it, certainly they can too.

Check out The Start of My Fitness Journey Blog

As days, weeks, months progressed, I started getting messages from friends and even strangers asking about my fitness journey, the diet, the exercises, and then some gym inquiries. Most of them worry about not knowing what to do or how to start. All those questions led me to write this blog post with the hope to be of help at least.

Fitness Journey

Ready? Okay, here are 6 tips to start your own Fitness Journey.

1. Commit to Be READY – ready for what? Ready for Change that is! Be ready physically, emotionally, and most of all mentally! Actually, the hard part isn’t getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape. So be ready to commit to this journey. You see, if you are not fully committed to the process, chances are, you will stop and you won’t reach your goals.

2. Set Time, Plan ahead – understand that for this to become a lifestyle, you have to set time for working out. You know your schedule and your possible roadblocks, so plan ahead. Mark your calendars if you have to! Set for yourself a reminder and make sure to stick to that schedule, unless you REALLY have to skip it for something very important. Be mindful with the roadblocks though as letting other developments in your life cut into this, can easily put you off track. Make at least a month-long schedule for your workout routine. It doesn’t have to be everyday. A 3-times a week workout is fair enough for you to jump-start your fitness journey. Make that conscious effort to prioritize the habit of exercising regularly.

3. Change Your Mindset with Food – I exercise because I want to eat. I have heard this so many times, even from friends I work with. Nothing really wrong with it. We all have to eat, but careful with this mindset because if you are aiming to lose weight and get back into shape, this mindset might jeopardize your goal. While this might be true to some, the mindset to exercise so you can eat can lead you to eating more than you burn calories on your workout. Exercise is an actor while nutrition is the star of the show. Definitely no starving, just eat right and feed your body right. AND! Don’t be afraid to have your favorite foods every once in a while! I recommend, diet on weekdays and cheat days on weekends ;).

4. Set Realistic Expectations – Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your body. Key is knowing your body and PATIENCE! Set goals that are realistic and achievable according to your exercise routines/frequency and nutrition. Do not be too hard on yourself and never compare your goals and results to others or you are doomed to disappointment and failure. Patience is virtue so do not be alarmed if the weight does not come off as fast as you’d imagined them to be. Bear in mind that IF you are making adjustment on your diet and moving more, it’s impossible not to see some extra weight coming off as the days would progress. Track your progress only if you are consistent with  #2  and  #3.

5. Participate in Exercises or Sport that you Enjoy – oftentimes the reason why people throw in the towel so fast is because they are not enjoying the fitness activity that they do. Let’s face it, if exercising feels like a chore, you won’t last long and that’s when this fitness journey becomes just a fad for you, a seasonal thing. I suggest you participate in exercises and activities that you enjoy doing. Everything does not have to be very structured or should be done in the gym. You might be the sociable type of person and you enjoy doing activities with a group. In that case join an active running group, a zumba class with friends (or make friends while you’re on it), or an outdoor sport that you love. I personally love weights and strength training so my primary exercise is at the gym where lifting weights makes me happy! Weight training is a great way to tone your entire body from head to toe. Then later I learned to love running (road and trail) and started a club for road and trail runners alongwith some friends who enjoy the same sport. It’s a great cross-training. Cardio and Weights is a perfect combination so if you can have that type of fitness routine, it would be great!

Trail Running

Milo Marathon

6. Be a Part of a Community – It’s undeniable that working out with friends or with a crowd makes exercise even more fun! Since you are just starting your fitness journey, being a part of a community is a good idea. A community can help you go through the phase of creating your “new normal”. Supportive peers and trainers will help you get through the early stages. One sample community is the Gowellph. This is Sun Life Financial Philippines‘ wellness community which advocates on helping Filipinos live healthier lives. Through Gowellph you will be able to participate in their community workouts, and receive monthly newsletters to inspire and educate you as a member to stay fit and healthy. So go ahead, check it out and sign up to be a member.

So there you go! I hope these tips will help you jumpstart that Fitness Journey you have probably been putting on hold for a long time already. I know that the starting point is the most difficult and the scariest, but don’t let that be your hindrance in improving your health and well-being. Make that decision to be fit and healthy right now and commit to it! Remember, you are doing this for YOU!

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