Advice by Sport
Boxing is a sport with regular, repeated movements, which naturally promotes muscle toning. Whether you're learning striking techniques, how to move correctly, or doing fitness exercises such as push-ups, squats and crunches, your entire body is put to work and progressively toned: the arms, abs, legs, and glutes among others.
The great thing about boxing is that there's something for everyone. With several disciplines to choose from, there is sure to be one that offers you what you need in physical, technical and mental terms.
There are plenty of variations for you to try out: savate and kickboxing, which both involve the fists and feet; boxing, which involves the fists only; semi/full contact; and Muay Thai, to name but a few. Give them a go and find out which one works for you.
One thing common to all of them, though, is a high level of intensity. Whatever kind of boxing you do, the level of cardio and muscle workout you get is something that plenty of other sports lack. What's more, clubs are increasingly offering fitness classes based on boxing training. This is what's known as cardio boxing.