It’s no secret that being fit and healthy is important at any age but sometime it can be hard to maintain a regular fitness routine, especially when you’re a mum.

There’s the excuse of not having enough time and let’s be honest, it can be a struggle to balance your child’s needs with your own goals. However your health is important for both you and your child’s wellbeing.

And what if you’re not sure where to start? There are so many workout options out there for all kinds fitness levels and it can be overwhelming figuring out what’s the right fit for you.

Co-founder of 12RND Fitness and sport scientist, Tim West has seen an influx of more mums boxing than ever before, and here’s why.

Boxing challenges you physically and mentally 

As uncomfortable as it can be, stepping out of your comfort zone is how we grow. Remember that when you start trying something new, such as boxing, you’ll get better over time, you just have to keep at it.

The important thing is – you’re challenging yourself. Once you can push yourself past that mental barrier of “I can’t”, you’ll start to conquer the feeling of discomfort and develop greater confidence over time.

It can push you to reach your goals

If you’re someone who is a little hesitant to challenge yourself, try setting goals, it’s a great way to keep you motivated, and help you stay on track.

However, it’s important to make realistic goals, as you’re more likely to stick to them, and perhaps share these goals with a friend so you’re held accountable.

It’s suitable for all fitness levels

No matter how fit or unfit you are, boxing is a great workout to get into. The idea of boxing might seem intimidating, but there are many ways of learning how to box and utilising those skills for fitness without actually having to fight.

And the beauty of boxing is that you really can start at any level, it’s the kind of sport that’s easy to learn, but takes time to perfect – which is great if you enjoy the feeling of learning something new.

At 12RND Fitness, we offer boxing and strength workouts with coach support throughout your session, so whether you’re new to boxing or want to make sure you’re doing exercises and movements correctly, they’re there to help.

A trainer can help ensure you’re doing exercises and movements correctly.

It’s fun and a great stress reliever

Not only is boxing a fun way to get active and keep fit but having the ability to exert your energy through the force of a punch can be really cathartic.

Through exercise you will naturally boost your mood and energy levels but add in boxing and you get the added stress relief of being able to punch it out on a boxing bag, or on boxing pads with a coach.

Boxing also promotes mindfulness because when learning new combinations and punches it can distract you from all other thoughts by focusing your mind onto one thing at a time.

Throwing a couple of punches can be quite cathartic.

As a parent, we often think we don’t have time to workout but like it or not, this is an excuse. We all have the time, it’s just a matter of finding it.

If you have to wake up 45 minutes earlier then do so, your health and wellbeing is important and finding the time to exercise will not only boost your mood but your fitness levels too.

By Tim West, sport scientist and co-founder of 12RND Fitness.