Boxing can be a very fun and refreshing hobby to start, even as an older person. But can you be too old to start boxing?
In general, there is no age limit in boxing. As long as you are physically capable of throwing a punch, you should be good to start boxing. Age is not a factor to determine whether you can start boxing or not.
In this post, we will dive deeper into the topic of boxing as an older person, things to know, and why you are not too old for boxing. Let’s get started!
Are you too old to start boxing?
As mentioned earlier, age is not the factor in whether you can or can not start boxing. It is all about your physical condition and physical abilities, whether you can start boxing or not.
The good thing about boxing is that you can box at pretty much any level. If you only can throw punches, you can just focus on fitness boxing. With fitness boxing, you won’t be punched, you just punch a bag, shadowbox, or use a speed bag.
Even just shadowboxing, which means punching the air can have a lot of benefits. It is a very light exercise, that can be done without any equipment. More about shadowboxing in this post.
The issues your age might bring in, come if you want to become a professional boxer. Typically, famous boxers start at ages 15 to 25, and after several years of training, become professionals.
So, if you are an older person, a professional boxing career might not be the best option. Still, boxing can be a big part of your life, as a hobby and as a way to stay in shape.
You can start boxing with very little to no equipment at all, at home. Or you can join a boxing gym, where you are surrounded by like-minded people and can ask for guidance. It is all up to you.
Are you too old to start boxing as a professional?
The “prime age” to be a professional boxer, is between 25 and 30 years old. That means you should have started training 5-10 years before that.
However, you don’t have to be 15 to start training to become a professional boxer. Even though training to become a professional boxer takes a long time, there are people, who have managed to fight really well even after they turned 40.
That means you could still become a professional if you start after you turn 30. However, the chances are smaller, since there are people your age who could have a 10 or even 15-year head start on you in training.
On the other hand, if that is your dream and goal, don’t let some random guy on the internet tell you that you can not do it.
Even if you didn’t make it to being professional, the training will have a lot of benefits, and you can compete in smaller tournaments as well.
Why you should start boxing as an older person?
Boxing comes with a lot of benefits. First of all, it is a physical sport that will get your heart rate up. It can help you to stay in shape as you get older.
Another big benefit is the mental part of boxing. Punching something, in this case, a punching bag can relieve a lot of stress. (Source)
When you do physical activities on a regular basis, you will be able to continue to do those activities as you grow older. Your body will stay more in shape to be able to continue, as long as you stay active.
You won’t just one day become “too old” to throw a punch.
Things to know when starting boxing as an older person
Boxing can be a violent sport, but it can also be practiced very safely. If you only focus on punching bags, shadowboxing, and speed bags, the risks are quite slim.
As long as you stay out of the ring and avoid getting punches, boxing overall is a very safe way to train a martial art and stay in shape, in a fun way.
If you want to compete and be in a ring, it comes with more risks. Keep in mind that as you grow older, you will take a longer time to recover from getting injured. It might even mean that you have to stop boxing for a while, or for good.
Therefore, keep safety in mind if you wish to start boxing. After all, it is supposed to keep you active and in shape, instead of making your physical condition worse.
Problems with boxing as an older person and how to avoid them
There are some problems that come up when you train in boxing as an older person. As mentioned above, injuries can be part of boxing, depending on how you train.
If you break a bone in your twenties, it is not such a big deal. However, breaking a bone after you have turned 60 can mean you will have to stop boxing for good.
Therefore, it is important to keep safety as the number one priority. Even if that means not going into the ring, it might be for the best.
Stick to boxing training, where you can not get punches and knock out. Such as speed bags, heavy bags, and shadowboxing. You can even train boxing yourself at first if that is what you prefer. More about training boxing by yourself in this post.
Boxing can be really fun as a hobby. It can also be a really fun way to stay active, learn to defend yourself, and meet new people while at it. More about boxing for self-defense in this post.
One question you might get next is how expensive is boxing. I have a post comparing all the costs of boxing, if you are interested, you can read it here.
Hopefully, this was helpful to you, have a great day!