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Beat the Brussels stress: Why everyone should try boxing
We've all had one of those tough days when a walk, a run or a workout has made us feel better. But have you ever considered boxing?
"Boxing boosts confidence," says Reney Nazim, group well-being manager at Aspria. "The benefits go beyond the physical and into the realm of mental and emotional health."
Aspria has just opened a new boxing studio at its premier workout club in Brussels' EU district, near Arts-Loi. The sport is a full-body workout that is suitable for everyone, says Nazim, and it can help banish stress, tension, frustration and anger.
"Learning to box is about self-control, channelling anger in a combat situation, remaining calm and composed - a huge life lesson. I strongly recommend everyone give boxing a try."
Boxing lets you combine cardio and all-round muscle strengthening - helping you develop speed, agility, co-ordination and flexibility.
"I started boxing when I was 14 years old," says Ryad Merhy, the new WBA light heavyweight world champion and member of Aspria. "Besides the physical aspects of boxing, it's a discipline which allows you to let off steam while respecting yourself and others. You get to work on your reflexes and your mental agility. Boxing is a school of life and of humility."
Join the free Aspria boxing days
The Bulletin invites you to try a free session in the new boxing studio at Aspria Arts-Loi on 16 or 17 November. As well as special boxing classes, you'll have access to all of Aspria's fitness facilities, group classes, pool, sauna, hammam and jacuzzi.
Reservation is essential at www.aspria.com/boxingdays