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April 2024 Cover Story
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Punch Your Way to Improved Mental and Physical Health

Boxing, specifically women’s boxing, has become extremely trendy, whether it be in the fitness space, amateur, or professional world. Interest in boxing gyms and classes has increased alongside the increased demand for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes that have gained popularity due to the efficiencies of these types of workouts. Boxing can be considered the original HIIT class because of the intensity and full body workout you get in 20 minutes or less. For those of us with busy schedules and barely enough time to complete our daily tasks, boxing can be the solution to achieving a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle without spending hours at the gym. Why Boxing? Boxing provides the ultimate workout for both your physical and mental health. And it’s an inclusive sport all women can participate in—boxing offers weight classes from the minimum weight of 105 pounds to over 200 pounds. Now, let’s get into the physical

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Fitness

Beware the deodorant you choose

Some people sweat more than others. The right deodorant can help. Sweating can be embarrassing, smelly and just downright messy. We’ve all been there. An awkward situation, a really hot day, or a workout at the gym, and all of a sudden our body temperature rises, our face gets red, our palms get clammy, and sweat pours out of our armpits, staining our brilliant white tees. This is the body’s natural response to activity level, stress and extreme temperatures that helps us cool down. What if you were constantly sweating excessively without anything to trigger it? This actually is a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. These people produce more sweat then the average person and they have an over-stimulation of sweat glands. This embarrassing disorder can lead to awkward social situations and can cause people to withdraw from normal daily activities. So what causes it? Hyperhidrosis can be caused by certain

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Fitness

The boxing workout

Boxing is a great basic sport, but drilling for the actual sport can actually improve your cardio stamina, endurance, coordination, strength, and balance. To help you improve on your boxing skills, we have designed a boxing style circuit mixed with a conditioning round, Tabata style (20 seconds of full on effort followed  by 10 seconds of rest, repeated eight times). But first, you will need a lesson on the basics: BASIC “FIGHTER STANCE”  Keep your feet shoulder width apart and stand diagonally with your lead foot (if you are right handed, your lead foot will be your left leg) slightly ahead. With your hands in a fist, bend your elbows and keep your hands in front of your face. Lean forward slightly, and keep your abdominals tight. Always be ready for action by keeping on the balls of your feet. BASIC PUNCHES All punches include a rotation of the hips

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Build a portable home gym

No, you don’t need weights — and bricks and mortar. Just a few pieces of adaptable gear that let you push, pull and get your workout in. Canadian fitness guru Nichelle Laus answers readers fitness questions in Silver and Optimyz Magazines. Q: With the gyms being closed right now, what equipment should I have at home so I can do online classes? A:This is such a great question, and I absolutely love it because it shows that there are people out there who aren’t willing to settle for a life of complacency or laziness just because gyms are closed. It shows people still want to move deliberately and get their exercise in, which warms my heart. Honestly, while gym closures have been hard on us, it’s also been an incredible opportunity for us to grow as coaches because it has challenged us to program on a whole different level. I’ve

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Fitness

Top 5 Gym Etiquette Rules

These days there are more and more people in the gym.  Of course, the biggest spike is in the New Year with many making fitness New Year resolutions.  It can become frustrating sometimes trying to workout with so many others.  Here are the TOP 5 Gym Etiquette Guidelines for you to remember: #1 Don’t Stare – Many people coming to the gym are uncomfortable with even being there.  It can be really offsetting when someone is starring at you while you are trying to get your sweat on.  Even if someone is attractive, it can be intrusive for some to have people starring at them while working out.  So just try not to stare and focus on your own body and regime. #2 Wipe the Equipment – Nobody likes to eat off a dirty table and on the same token people don’t like to come to use a piece of gym equipment that is covered in

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