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How many calories does kickboxing burn?

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Kickboxing can burn anywhere from 500 to 800 calories per session because it requires all of the muscles are used, as claimed by Reader's Digest. The origin of kickboxing dates back more than 2,000 years in Asia with actual modern kickboxing competitions first emerging in America in the 1970s. For safety concerns, kickboxers are equipped with protecting clothing and padding to help absorb impact and to prevent injury.

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One of the many forms of kickboxing is known as aerobic or cardiovascular kickboxing, and it does not involve physical contact between participants. This type of kickboxing involves elements taken from martial arts, boxing and aerobics in order to improve overall physical condition and in order to tone all of the muscles in the body.

While the types of activities and exercises performed during each session will vary, all kickboxing sessions start with doing warm-ups, which include stretching and traditional exercises, in order to prevent muscle injury and the buildup of lactic acid, which can cause soreness the next day. The kickboxing session follows the warmup. All sessions should finish off with a cool down. The cool down is an essential routine that helps aid the body in recovery. During cool down, low-intensity body movements are advised.

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