15 Apr The Health Benefits of Climbing
Climbing promotes health and fitness benefits and offers fun activities for all ages!
Rocking climbing is a unique sport that requires strength, endurance, agility, and balance. Though this sport is physically demanding, it’s also highly versatile; offering a variety of options for children and adults from beginner to advanced levels. Whether you are at SOAR Adventure park climbing in Nashville, TN, or a sports complex, gym, amusement centers, or outdoor terrains, climbing can be found just about anywhere. This is a fun activity that can be done on your own or with a group of friends and family for fun, group outings or as team building activities. In addition to its popularity as a fun, pastime activity for friends and family to do together, rocking climbing also promotes a wealth of health and fitness benefits–whether it be done for leisure or as a competitive sport. So, not only is climbing fun and adventurous, but it’s also very good for your body and mind.
Let’s take a look at the few, of the many, health benefits that come with consistent climbing:
Strengthens and Tones Muscles: While climbing, you are using several muscle groups, allowing you to build, tone, and strengthen your body, making it a great fitness activity. Some of the muscle groups that are engaged in activity during a rock climbing session include abs, obliques, delts, traps, biceps, lats, quads, and calves. Not to mention, your hand, finger, and forearm strength will greatly increase as well. Basically, all your major muscle groups are being utilized in each rock climbing session you embark on.
Great Flexibility: In rock climbing, a climber strength and flexibility are truly put to the test. With each session, you are increasing your range of motion–reaching higher limits, leaping more often, and adapting to the course in front of you.
Mental Strength and Awareness: No pun intended, but sometimes in rock climbing, you must think on your feet. If you are stuck in a tricky position, you need to determine what your next move is at a fast pace. This means knowing what handholds and footholds to use and the appropriate time to use them. Having to think quickly and efficiently really strengthens your mental capacity and the awareness of your surroundings.
Cardio: Though it may not be in a fast-paced motion, rock climbing actually incorporates a good amount of cardio. During your rock climbing session, your heart rate will be boosted, you’ll be building and developing your different muscle groups, and you’ll be increasing your stamina levels. Many studies even claim that the energy used in rock climbing is equivalent to a running pace of 8-11 minute mile.
With these aspects combined, climbing can truly contribute to an overall healthy life. With the boost of energy and strength many claim to have lower stress levels and have even found the courage to deal with some of their fears. How so? Rock climbing can challenge you and pushing above and beyond, something that you can translate into your everyday life. Climbing instills strength, stamina, and courage.