I love my boxing training, and I live for those moments in the ring where the world disappears and time seems to stand still as I become very present. Boxing makes me feel alive, and because I love it so much, I make sure I follow a strict routine to keep in top shape. As any serious boxer would, I follow a healthy diet to keep me healthy, strong and energised for my time in the ring. I am at the gym five days a week, and every morning I go for a long run.
Despite my strict healthy routine, I do still suffer from some muscle soreness after boxing, so I have added a post-boxing routine to reduce this tenderness.
After boxing, I make sure that I do a long and slowly cool down routine that includes stretching. A long shower follows my cool down. Post shower I use arnica oil to massage any tender muscles. Arnica oil has pain relieving and inflammation reducing properties. It also aids to heal bruises and sprains.
Once my massage is done, I get dressed and spend a few minutes on a best inversion therapy. It involves lying at an angle where your feet are elevated above the level of your head. It aids in decompressing the spine, and I rather enjoy the feeling of hanging upside down. The inversion has also aided in reducing my lower back pain that I suffered as a result of a previous injury. I have also found the use of a sensory deprivation or floatation tank useful to aid in this regard. As we don’t have a floatation tank at our gym, it is an activity that I can only do from time to time. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone, and many professional athletes are using them these days as a recovery method. Over and above recovery, it is a great way just to relax, and the experience is deeply meditative and very deeply relaxing.
Once I leave the gym and arrive home, I enjoy cooking a colourful, appetising healthy meal and I make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Another post boxing favourite is herbal teas. There are a few that I enjoy drinking including green tea, oolong tea and matcha. All of these have anti-inflammatory properties and multiple health benefits.
I try and make a point of doing some meditation every evening as it gives me the opportunity to reflect on my thoughts and actions and how I can improve.
After meditation time, the rest of my day is spent relaxing and taking my mind off boxing and training. I enjoy watching some television or a good movie, usually a comedy as I enjoy a good laugh.
Lastly, I make sure to get plenty of good quality rest and sleep. Sleep is essential for recovery and healthy functioning. By morning I am recharged and ready for the next round. Happy boxing and look after yourself.