How many times have women in the workplace, sat back quietly in a meeting because they didn't have the confidence to speak up? Women have historically been put at a disadvantage in many areas of life and to break this cycle we need to increase confidence. There's a growing trend of women taking up boxing as a fantastic form of exercise and reaping the benefits in many aspects of life, including the workplace. Boxing will obviously assist your health and fitness however it also has many benefits for your daily life. It helps you change your outlook on life and give you more self-confidence. Here's just seven ways that boxing can help you become even better at work.
Increased confidence can make you more likely to be assertive
Exercise, particularly boxing, can give you a rush of endorphins and increase your self confidence. You'll no longer feel like you need to shrink into the background, and you'll voice your opinion more. This can help you get noticed by your superiors for all of the right reasons.
Self-discipline can make you more productive
When learning a new skill, such as boxing, you'll need to be disciplined with yourself. Learning a skill takes time and dedication and doesn't happen overnight. Once you've mastered the art of self discipline, you'll be able to use it in other areas of your life. This is particularly useful in your workplace, and you'll find that instead of your concentration waning or being distracted, you'll be able to concentrate for longer and be more productive.
Reduced stress levels
Women often neglect themselves, putting others first and don't have a healthy outlet for their own stress levels. Our work lives can be stressful and it's not uncommon for hard workers to become burned out. When learning boxing, you'll find that an evening class can help combat stress, leaving you feeling refreshed and ready for the next day's challenges.
Learn to persevere when facing a problem
As previously mentioned, learning a new skill is hard. There are bound to be techniques that take you a while to get right. But facing these challenges is good. It teaches you how to persevere when faced with a problem. This is an excellent skill to carry over to your work life because it will give you the grit and determination to find a solution to a tough challenge, no matter how long it takes.
Endorphin boost can put you in a better frame of mind to face the day
Exercising gives us an endorphin rush that makes us feel good. Your boxing routine can make you feel happier and do wonders for your mental wellbeing. Boxing outdoors can also help busy women feel refreshed. Instead of dragging yourself out of bed and dreading the day, you'll wake up with a healthy mindset that can help you overcome hurdles and face the day. Once your mental wellbeing is right, your whole attitude towards work changes, which can make you a better and more motivated employee.
Makes you more likely to stand up to workplace discrimination or unfair behaviour
Often, women don't have the self confidence to stand up to unfair behaviour in the workplace, wrongly believing that they are not strong enough or authorative enough for anyone to listen to. A few lessons in boxing will soon change that! No more shrinking back. Imagine standing strong and centred in your own body when challenging times occur.
Encourages you to view yourself as an equal deserving of a promotion
Hiring more women can improve business. If you are someone that often undervalues yourself or views other people as better than you, boxing can help give you a whole new attitude. It teaches you that you are capable of much more than you give yourself credit for, and that all people (including yourself) deserve fair treatment and respect. You'll learn to value yourself as much as you value others.