Rock climbing was once reserved for those adrenaline junkies who are looking for that natural high. Today, this sport has hit the mainstream and is now attracting interests from both the young and old who are looking for an outdoor adventure that is not only fun but will also get their blood pumping as well.
What Rock Climbing is All About
Rock climbing was often used by climbers to hone their climbing skills before attempting an ascent. By the time the 1980s came around, rock climbing has become a leisure sport that is not only done outdoors but indoors as well with different variations such as sport climbing, bouldering, traditional climbing, and soloing.
What Can You Get Out of Rock Climbing?
Calorie Expenditure. Is your high calorie intake already evident? Burn them all up by rock climbing. According to reports, a 1 55 pound person can burn up to 800 calories an hour during an ascent and another 590 calories during rapelling. You can already imagine how much calories you get to burn the more rock climbing sessions you do.
Improve Mental Health
There are plenty of scientific studies that show that those who are feeling down in the dumps or are depressed can get a lift from doing some form of physical activity. There are plenty of depressed individuals who tried rock climbing and found that they were no longer feeling blue as each ascent required their concentration while at the same time build bonds with fellow rock climbers.
Prevents Chronic Disease
Since rock climbing is considered a high intensity workout, you are helping your body protect itself against chronic diseases such as heart attacks and high blood pressure. Doing rock climbing on a regular basis is a big help in keeping you and your body in perfect shape.
Rock climbing teaches you patience as you study your ascent carefully so you will know where you will place your foot and hands as you push yourself upwards. Beginners usually study the trail so they will have an idea on how to approach their ascent just like when solving a puzzle.
Strengthens and Tones Body
All major muscle groups in your body will be worked out during rock climbing which helps in toning, sculpting, and strengthening your muscles. Your grip will become stronger and your body will become leaner as you burn the excess fats.
As you can see, there are many benefits to be gained when you rock climb. Even if you are afraid of heights you’ll find it easier to deal with your fear once an expert help you with your ascent. The best way to minimize your fear of heights is to double check all precautionary measures before a climb so you will be better prepared and secure all the way to the top and as you go back down.
If you’re tired of having to do the same old gym routine rock climbing can definitely give your body something to look forward to as you push yourself beyond your limits to strengthen and tone your body.