Punching and kicking can be Cathartic
It's a great way to get moving in a fun and different way!
Some Studies Show It Helps Relieve Stress
One of the reasons why boxing and MMA have become a popular fitness trend is that they help men and women relieve some of the stress in their lives by engaging in contact fitness, either striking contact gear or sparring a partner. A few studies concluded that the repetitive contact was helpful in reducing stress especially in college age women. A couple of reasons why it was effective is do to the usual endorphin effect of exercise and how it helps change metabolic imbalance in the body and has positive impact to influence mood.
Boxing Can Be Cathartic, But Beware Of Chronic Anger
While elevated levels of endorphins are associated with improved mood and relieving feelings of depression, these feelings are similar to those of the "runners high" or the "pump" felt by body builders. The euphoric feeling is cathartic, which means that it can help for now, but is not a remedy for any long term anger issues (see related article here). If angry mood swings persist, then the fitness program can be tailored to address these issues via psychotherapy.
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