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12:00 AM, May 20, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:05 AM, May 20, 2021

Here’s Why You Should Own a Punching Bag

Next time you feel a burst of motivation where you're convinced that a certain piece of exercise equipment is all you need to turn your life around, buy a punching bag. It's versatile, and once you lose motivation to work out after about a week or so, a world of possibilities opens up.

Stress Relief

I know. Pretty obvious, right? You punch it over and over and let out whatever pent-up emotion you had building up inside. However, some days you just don't want to move. The punching bag is your buddy now, and arguably a better listener than your other friends. As you rant, your buddy Punchie will listen supportively and never divert the topic toward itself. It won't judge you for complaining/being upset about something seemingly minor, nor will you feel guilty for troubling it with your silly problems.

Snack Sanctuary

If you're tired of your drawers eating your snacks as your siblings claim they didn't know you even had them, you're in luck. Most punching bags come with a zipper. Open it, take a little of the filling out, and stuff your snacks inside before zipping it back up. I guarantee you, Punchie will never let you down and eat your snacks. Or maybe when you can't find a big enough container for the popcorn you intend to eat while binge-watching all night, you could stuff the whole punching bag with popcorn and eat out of it. However, I personally haven't tried this one out yet, for fear that Punchie might never be the same again.

Guardian Angel

The looming, ominous figure in your room has no purpose in mind but your protection. Feel free to feel invincible. It's over for the demons under your bed; you no longer need to run to your bed after switching the lights off for the night. Now that you have company, you can watch horror movies at night and still be able to sleep. Strong and sturdy Punchie will be right there, ready for a fight in the event that the demons in the movie select you as their next victim. This you know they will.

Keeping Up Appearances

Are you tired of feeling left out as all your friends become fitness gurus? Fret not, for Punchie is here to save you. For every mirror selfie your gym bro friend posts from, well, the gym, post two yourself with your punching bag clearly visible in the background. Whenever your friends come over, make sure Punchie is present where they'll see it, and leave a few boxing gloves lying around nearby. Do everything you can to bring up your commitment to boxing training at least once in every conversation you engage in. And congratulations, you're officially a part of the trendy fitness community.

If you're still not convinced, a punching bag is a deeply subjective experience. At the end of the day, there is much to learn from a punching bag, such as when life hits hard, you don't put up with it and hit back harder.

Amrin Tasnim Rafa is always confused, it's literally her dominant personality trait. She challenges you to find something she won't think is confusing. Try your luck at amrinrafa@gmail.com

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