Y’all remember when I talked about buying boxing gloves and then plead with y’all blog followers to become my free punching bag? Even after I specified that I aim for the noggin, I did get a couple of volunteers (thank you Seth and Dad… hope the brain damage isn’t permanent!) While they dealt with MRIs and CT scans… it was time for me to find another less alive punching bag. After I managed to punch 2 holes in the basement wall… I went right back to where I purchased the gloves… Ross, Dress For Less if you like Floral Dresses in the Fat Section and I found me a punching bag!! Regularly $50 smackers, marked down to $25 smackers, but then I guess they were so desparate to get rid of one, they had a sticker on it that said $3.99… um, yes… that price right there is for this cheap wad. Even if it fell apart on day 3, it would be worth the 4 buckaroos I shelled out for it. Here’s what he looks like… I like to call him Gunther:
Gunther and I don’t get along at all! I basically punch him all day and he hates me because I never take the crusts off of his PB&J sandwiches… temperamental ball anyway. The base has water in it to weight it down, and then there’s a BIG spring attached to the bottom of the base so if you hit Gunther hard enough, he flails back and forth like the wussy boy that he is! Of course I move it away from the wall before I hit at it… learned that lesson the hard way… but now Gunther is learning to fight back… last night I hit him so hard, he sprung back up and hit me square in the chin! Give a ball a home and 3 square meals and he walks all over you! I get no respect!
Boxing is a stress reliever for sure… and much less against the law than actually punching a random person on the street in the head. I found that if I had a picture in my head of a person who’s wronged me, a trouble, a trial, a frustration, etc., then I got to beat that away and exercise at the same time. For those naysayers who say boxing isn’t an actual workout, I came across an article in a magazine that says boxing burns as many calories per minute as jogging does… plus you are working your arms, abs, legs, etc. I scanned in the article below (stop with the, ‘you need to become a professional scanner’ talk… I know my scanning is totally even and not crooked and all readable, but just STOP!) with some ideas on a routine to do as well (For those of us without eagle eyeballs, click on the picture to make it bigger for reading purposes):
Gunther… I’m calling a truce… you stand there and look all red and ball like and I’ll punch you at least twice a week (2532 times during more stressful weeks). To sum it up… I’d recommend boxing as an exercise masquerading as a stress reliever. It’s been a fun alternative now that I can’t get outside because Mother Nature has decided that we will be a bad weather town from now until eternity. Great… now I have another thing to picture when I get to punching!
Question of the Day: What do you do to relieve stress/anger?