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Boxing Training At 46 And How It Has Changed Me

If you want to get excited about exercise in the new year, but you want something different, why not try boxing? It’s sure to get you fired up and ready to go! Read my story below on how it made me see exercise from a whole new perspective.

I’m in my mid-forties, and let’s be honest, boxing training at 46 is never going to be my career. I’m more of a ‘Maureen of Driving School’ when it comes to my footwork and hooks. But, surprisingly, this sport has become a life hack, transforming the way I live and breathe.

A Journey Beyond the Ring

When I first stepped into the boxing gym, I had no illusions of becoming the next world champion. My footwork resembled more of a clumsy dance, and my hooks were more like friendly waves. But as the saying goes, it’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey. Especially when that journey involves me tripping over my own two feet and throwing punches that look more like interpretive dance moves.

Life at 46: Embracing the Unexpected

At 46, life tends to settle into routines, comfortable but sometimes monotonous. Boxing injected a burst of unexpected energy into my daily life. It’s not just about physical fitness; it’s a mental workout that keeps me on my toes, quite literally, and occasionally tripping over them.

The ‘Maureen of Driving School’ Meets the Boxing Ring

Let’s face it; I’m no Muhammad Ali. I may not float like a butterfly or sting like a bee, but I sure do stumble around the ring with a determination that surprises even me. My footwork might not be textbook, but each step I take is a testament to the courage to try something new, something out of my comfort zone. And if you ever need a good laugh, just watch me attempt a perfect hook – it’s a show in itself.

More Than a Sport: A Life Hack

Boxing, for me, is more than just a sport though; it’s a life hack. It’s a way to tackle the challenges life throws at me with resilience and grace, even if that means accidentally punching the bag with the wrong hand or forgetting which way to turn during a drill. The discipline I’ve gained from the training spills over into my daily routine, making me approach every task with a newfound determination, and sometimes a bruised ego.

Mind Over Matter: The Mental Benefits

Beyond the physical aspect, boxing has been a sanctuary for my mind. It’s my escape, a space where I can leave behind the responsibilities of being an older mum, a professional, and all the roles life demands. The sound of the punches hitting the bag becomes a meditation, clearing my mind and rejuvenating my spirit. And when I mess up a combination, I just laugh it off and keep going – because laughter is the best medicine, even in the boxing ring.

The Unexpected Community in the Ring

In the TKO boxing gym, based in Kenton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, I found a community that extends beyond the ropes. It’s a diverse group brought together by a shared love for the sport and a collective desire for personal growth. The camaraderie we share fuels my motivation, turning every session into a shared journey towards self-improvement. And trust me, there’s nothing like the shared laughter after someone puts their gloves on backward.

Changing My Life for the Better

Boxing at 46 has changed me in ways I never anticipated. It’s not about becoming a boxing prodigy; it’s about embracing the process, relishing the challenges, and celebrating the small victories. This sport has given me a renewed sense of vitality, proving that it’s never too late to rewrite your story. So here I am, the ‘Maureen of Driving School,’ navigating the boxing ring with energy and the occasional missteps.

Keep fighting, keep moving, keep fit and healthy and keep surprising yourself.


Saffron and Cyrus is a Newcastle-based family lifestyle blog, covering health, wellness, days out, travel, reviews, recipes and more from our family life.
The blog is written by new mum over 40, Aranda, with input from hubby H and son, Little C.

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  1. Amandi
    January 2, 2024 / 7:20 pm

    Amazing and well done on pushing yourself and stepping up to new challenges 💪💪 you go girl!!!

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