Many perceive climbing as child’s play, rather than a serious sport and a great way to get in shape. Fortunately, climbing is becoming more and more popular and the number of ‘mountaineers’ has doubled since 2006. It can be beneficial both for the body and the soul, and most of all, it’s super fun. Here are 7 reasons to start climbing.
Climbers describe the act of climbing as being completely emerged in the moment where everything else is not important. This is exactly what most of us need after a hard day at work. It’s demanding mentally, and you get so focused that you simply must let everything else go (but your grip of course.) While climbing, your body releases norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that relieves stress. That’s why climbers say they feel relaxed and happy after a good climb.
Conquer your fears
If you’re one of the many people who suffer from a fear of heights, climbing is a great and safe way to finally overcome it. Conquering your fear will not only give you a feeling of victory, increase your confidence and self-esteem, but will open a whole new world of possibilities. Don’t miss out on having fun and enjoying life just because you’re afraid.
It’s not too heavy on the wallet
All you need to climb are some climbing shoes (you can even get used ones) and some well-fitted clothes that will not get in the way. Centers usually provide everything else, like harnesses, chalk, karabiners and belay devices. Just find an a place that offers indoor rock climbing, and you are all set to go.
Work those muscles
Once you get into climbing, it will probably soon become one of your favorite ways to work out. It combines endurance, flexibility and strength exercises all in one. Basically, you do cardio and weight training at the same time. Get your protein drinks ready and hit the rocks instead of doing your regular gym routine that has probably gotten a bit boring. While climbing, you’ll use your arms to pull up, your legs to push and your core to keep you from falling. Plus, you do all that while having fun. Convenient, isn’t it?
Feed your adrenaline addiction
If you’re one of the adrenalin junkies, here’s a new activity for you. You can try sport climbing that will get your heart pumping or opt for mountain climbing if you need a bigger adrenaline dose. Studies show that our bodies release more endorphins, dopamine and norepinephrine when we engage in exciting and dangerous situations. Once you experience this adrenaline rush, it’ll be hard to stop.
It develops new skills
Climbers look at every route like it’s a puzzle. You will soon learn to properly analyze every climb, and visualize the best and shortest route. At first it’s enough to just go with the flow, but as you advance, you’ll see how your brain spots the best holds and tricky sections. You will learn how to be patient, concentrated and determined, while also exercising your problem-solving skills. In addition, it exercises your reflexes and quick decision-making. Over time, you will overcome the fear of failure and set new and bigger goals. Conquering obstacles and setting the bar higher will give you an amazing boost of self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment.
Meet new people
Climbing is not entirely an individual sport. There is always someone who will spot you, help you with the equipment or just cheer you on. Climbing can connect people of different genders, ages, careers and life-styles, and soon, you will have new diverse friends to overcome challenges and share experiences with.
If you’re looking for a fun and exciting hobby or a new sport to try, take up climbing. You will learn many important lessons about the human body and mind, about setting goals and raising the bar. Every route is a new challenge waiting to be beaten and with every fall you are a step closer to the top. You will certainly meet new friends and make unforgettable memories while being in amazing shape. Definitely give it a go!