I have been doing a bit of research into the act of punching or hitting. I have been wondering why hitting something like we do in Fit Box or Drum Ball is so satisfying and apealing. The members love it. During my enquiries I have come across a number of articles which have answered my questions.
This one tells us that the act of punching or hitting the ball “can be a physical and symbolic expression of stress or anger”. Also, that physically, hitting something “produces a response in the body that helps to relieve tension”.
Results of research into the benefits of punching can be applied to the act of hitting the ball. Said research has found, as you hit something your brain increases production of endorphins, neurotransmitters which result in the creation of feel-good thoughts in your brain. Hitting with force helps to relieve muscle tension that can collect when stressed. As the hitting continues the participant forgets the reasons why they are stressed.
This article at LiveStrong tells us that there are brain benefits, too:
Exercise of any kind, including hitting a punching bag, offers many stress-relieving benefits. When hitting the punching bag, your brain increases production of endorphins, neurotransmitters that create feel-good thoughts in your brain. Punching helps to relieve muscle tension that can collect when you experience stress. As you continue to punch, you will find your focus is improved, increasing your concentration and helping you forget the reasons why you are stressed.
If you have not done it yet, I highly recommend getting to a Drum Ball or Fit Box class. Both your brain and body will love it.