Try Boxing to Manage Emotional Eating

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Understanding and managing emotional eating is a complex process.  At Green Mountain at Fox Run we discuss the four big feelings: mad, sad, glad and scared (to use little kid language) and how unexpressed feelings can  trigger emotional eating.

Mad (angry, frustrated, annoyed, pissed off) is probably the most difficult feeling for women to express. Especially women who have been taught to be nice and to take care of others feeling and discount their own.

In class recently, two women were talking about discovering the wonders of boxing in regards to expressing anger.

Life is full of frustration that we often manage with food and so finding ways to let the anger out is really important.

Boxing gives you a safe and structured way to release built up feelings.  The side benefit of adding boxing to your life is that it exercises the whole body. Punching and sparring improve balance, strength and flexibility.  You can get a full body work out and have an outlet for your frustration, anger and even aggression all at the same time.

There are many different kinds of boxing. For first time experimenters, Wii boxing is a place to start.  But for those who are aware of their anger and finding that stuffing food and eating emotionally is an attempt to manage anger, boxing at a gym or a club can help you direct the frustration out of you.

For some women who use food to cope, anxiety is a more familiar feeling than anger. Oftentimes, anxiety is the feeling that covers anger.  Anxiety or fearcan be generated when you don’t feel safe. Helplessness and vulnerability add to the anxiety. Boxing can empower you physically, teach you specific self defense moves and create an outlet for emotional build up.

If you consider boxing as a tool in your stress management kit, consult your doctor and talk to a trainer who understands the concept of boxing to manage feelings and reduce stress.

What is your personal reaction to the idea of boxing?  How might boxing help you?


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  • Hensley says:

    Kids learn what is accepted and noraml and essentially what is common sense from what they observe of their surroundings. It doesnt matter if its good or bad, right or good, it gets absorbed. Parents think they their kids never listen because they dont look them in the eyes, but kids hear everything, even what you dont want them to hear. They also see everything. video games are getting ultra realistic, and when a child is still in the stage where they are discovering the basics of the World, if they play video games too much, the themes represented in the video game will become their view and understanding of the world.Video games include violence, sexual references, impatience, anger, vulgar language, cheating and lying, war, selfishness, and a whole book full of themes that a child will turn into their reality. If a child is playing a video game and sees that the character resolves an issue through violence, they will accept that as the noraml way to resolve an issue, so next time they have an issue to resolve, they will see to resolving it with violence as the accepted thing to do and will be confused if you tell them they’re wrong, because it has become their reality.If parents knew more about how children absorb their surroundings, they might be more careful as to what they are exposed to. A child’s perspectives becomes what he or she has perceived in the world as growing up.

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