• Myca Alford

Beginning Kickboxing Stances You Can Master*

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One of your main concerns as time passes and you begin to feel the effects of aging is figuring out how to look younger. Advice from anti-aging expert Kellie Olver can definitely help with that goal, however the path of personal development also often leads to a quest for fitness. If you’re considering trying out kickboxing, you’re in for a great workout. This combat sport can help you burn up to 1000 calories per hour, making it one of the most effective weight loss activities you can do. Getting Started Whether you choose cardio kickboxing, Muay Thai, Tae Bo, or any of the many other kickboxing types, everything starts with a proper stance. Your stance is your starting and ending position for every move, so it’s important to practice it until it becomes automatic. Here are three basic kickboxing stances that anyone can learn.

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1. Cardio Kickboxing Stance

• Start with your feet slightly farther than hip-width apart. If you’re right-handed, put your left leg in front. • Keep knees slightly bent in order to protect your joints. • Hold your hands in loose fists, right hand close to your chin, left hand a few inches from your face. The palms of your hands should face each other. • Hold your elbows close to your body without quite touching your sides. 2. Muay Thai Stance

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• Place your feet at shoulder width, then step forward about one foot’s length with your non-dominant leg (left foot in front if right-handed, right foot if left-handed). • Raise your back heel slightly off the floor. • Place your hands in loose, slightly forward-facing fists at level with and just in front of your temples. • Hold elbows in toward your ribcage, either close or a bit away from it. • Keep your knees slightly bent. 3. Kickboxing Guard Stance

• To defend against a blow, bring your feet back to original position – one in front of the other, slightly wider than hip-width. • To defend high blows, bring hands up to about eye level, held slightly out in front, dominant hand closer to your face than non-dominant. • For a low guard stance, hold dominant fist near your chin, non-dominant slightly in front of your body at hip level. • Hold elbows in close to your body. No matter which kickboxing style you choose, the important thing is to keep your body flexible and loose, even in your starting stance. Stay mobile, adopting a cadence of body movement which feels natural to you. Anti-aging is about more than just how to look younger. Routine exercise fights inflammation, helps you control your weight, and can even reduce depression. Doing a high-energy workout like kickboxing, in addition to checking out my anti-aging tips on KellieOlver.com, can help you become stronger, more energetic, and more beautiful than ever.

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