Have you ever heard of psychologist and patient putting on boxing gloves and starting a fight? It sounds cruel, but the idea of such sports therapy is not meaningless. Of course they do not beat each other, a special bag gets the hits.
You can do it even without a therapist, boxing alone at home also can help to get rid of the accumulated aggression, relieve tension and deal with stress.
Those who practice boxing as sports therapy say it helps well when the day was bad. So you can get rid of fatigue and negative emotions caused by countless hours spent at the computer in the office.
Everyone has many things that are better to forget for a while and not to worry about or be afraid. It can be personal, financial problems or global economic crisis, threat of dismissal, safety, terrorism, election results. All this causes stress and negative emotions. Sports in this regard – a great helper, especially boxing.
Sport therapy means
According to the latest survey of the American psychological Association, fitness club members are able to cope with stress better than non-sport people. People usually start training because of the health benefits of sport. But the fight against psychological problems with the help of sport has recently also become popular.
The effect of sports activity, when you make the whole body and muscles work, is much more effective in the long term than psychotherapy. Of course, this does not apply to all psychological problems. Treatment of serious disorders requires a professional approach and constant supervision of medical specialists. However, psychological problems such as depression or anxiety can be solved through increased physical activity and sports therapy.
This sports therapy approach requires a gradual increase in physical activity, so as not to cause the opposite effect and not to get an aversion to sports. Depressed and anxiety people hardly want to do something. They don’t feel motivated. Nothing interests them. But exercise can help to break out of this vicious circle. Starting a little bit every day – you will find a way out.
15 minutes a day is not so much, about the same amount of time is spent to boil the kettle several times a day for tea. 20 minutes the next day is a small increase in the load, right? So the duration of training will reach up an hour, and exercises will not cause negative associations.
Why sports therapy is more effective than going to the doctor
If you go to the therapist, he will either listen to you patiently and with a clever look nods his head, or give you a magic pill. But when you go to the gym or jog, you feel better right after the workout.
Some studies show that exercises as sports therapy works as well as medication to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, and its effect is more permanent and lasts longer. One session of intense exercise will help to relieve the symptoms for many hours, and regular exercise can permanently eliminate them.
Sports develop character. But more importantly in the issue of psychotherapy, people feel more meaningful. Instead of the usual despair of fate predetermination and dependence on external circumstances, which are often not favorable, instead of need to pray and ask for the mercy, a person feels control over his life. During training – he controls the situation. And here begins his control over all other spheres of life, because he begins to believe in himself.
Therefore, exercise should be an essential part of psychotherapy. To join a gym or buy running shoes is one of the first things you need to do starting psychotherapy.
In addition, during exercises or cardio training, endorphins are produced. This natural painkiller medication improves sleep and reduces stress.
Types of sport for psychotherapy
The type of recommended exercises as sports therapy depends on the patient. For people with deep depression, even running can be a serious feat. However, such people are more often recommended group classes, because they promote interaction with other people, have a well-thought-out structure and a regular schedule.
Boxing can be especially helpful for anxiety. Tendency to passive behavior disappears when the strikes are welcome.
At first, “patients” are tense and absorbed in the problems of the past day, but by the middle of training they are able to concentrate on the lesson. And after training, when time for having rest comes, they are completely relaxed.
Boxing as a sports therapy
Boxing and psychotherapy in the psychologist’s office have similar features. Both require patience, perseverance and perseverance.
Another similar feature is the expressive nature of the approach. Boxing is similar to the popular form of sports therapy, which involves beating objects to externalize feelings.
But boxing is much more constructive. It involves strikes only one inanimate subject matter, without consequences in the form of broken things. In addition, boxing develops the body, as well as acquire new skills, including the ability to stand up for yourself.
Riding a bike or dancing can also distract and push back problems with the boss or credit card bills. But there is something special about having a specific object to express aggression, as in boxing. This way you can feel and see the result of you impact. The sound of a powerful fist hitting the surface is very pleasing for some patients.