It’s not necessarily a popular Caribbean pastime or sport of interest for that matter, however Boxing is suddenly becoming a big deal on the ground in Trinidad, this as soca artist, Swappi, along with residents of his hometown of Sealots in Port-of-Spain have been promoting boxing matches within the community.
The ‘Bucket’ singer who’s one of the few artistes still in Trinidad and Tobago, amid Covid-19 restrictions, has been challenging others in the community, known in Trinidad as a crime hot spot, to put down the guns and put on the gloves. The effort has been applauded by some, but for others, the apparent disparity between those who are allowed to gather in numbers and be entertained by such an activity during this time, and those who are not, is disturbing.
Despite the pull and tug over the national security allowances, the concept of boxing as a fitness routine for men and women in the caribbean is actually a great idea.
There’s no proof that fitness boxing is superior to any other types of exercise, but it does have many health benefits. One is strength. This is an activity that sees those involved in it swinging their arms, moving the muscles of their arms and shoulders and increasing their upper body strength. It also helps develop core muscles, the back and legs.
Fitness boxing is also an awesome aerobic exercise. It gets your heart pumping and helps lower the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. As an aerobic exercise, boxing can strengthen bones and muscles, burn calories, and lift anyone’s mood. All we can say is: way to go Swappi! Stay healthy, strong and build those muscles.
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