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Improving Immune Function and Lung Capacity with Shadow Boxing

One of the best ways to increase immune function is through structured cardiopulmonary exercise. One of the best exercises to accomplish this two-fold objective is shadow boxing – with or without resistance.

Having worked with some of the best boxers in recent times – like light heavyweight / heavyweight champions Michael Spinks and Roy Jones Jr., heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, middleweight / light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, to name a few – my champions have never lost, when I build them up and condition them to fight a bigger champion.

Health.Harvard.edu notes that, “fitness boxing is also a great aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise gets your heart pumping and helps lower the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It can strengthen bones and muscles, burn more calories, and lift mood. Aerobics can also boost your endurance, which helps you climb a flight of stairs or walk farther.”

My segment today shows you how to implement a shadow boxing routine with and without resistance (holding filled soup cans) using a 3:1 work-to-rest ratio just like a typical boxing round of three minutes work with one rest minute. We’ll scale is back to 1:30 work with :30 seconds rest and work up the rounds, as tolerated.

Remember, you should always consult your physician before beginning any exercise, diet, or nutritional supplementation program.

Mackie and April share exercises every Wednesday on WWL-TV