We all know exercise is good for us, though hitting the gym or running 10 km multiple times a week can get boring and demotivating. If you’re looking for something new to spice up your exercise routine, why not try indoor climbing or bouldering? Here are six health benefits of climbing.
Any skill level can do it
Virtually anyone of any age, ability, or fitness level can get involved in these sports. Whether you are a professional athlete or haven’t exercised in a year, these activities are a great and accessible way to work out. Another plus is that you can really see your progress, being able to move to harder climbs over the sessions is extremely motivating and keeps you coming back for more.
It strengthens your muscles
Every major muscle group in your body will be engaged when climbing and bouldering, making it a great whole-body workout. Your leg and arm muscles help pull you up the wall, while your core is engaged to keep you balanced and stable. Muscles you didn’t even know that you had will be worked out – even including those in your hands!
Rock climbing and bouldering are also low impact – if you scale the wall down instead of jumping down – which protects your joints and is especially good if you have brittle bones.
Stretching to contort your body to reach the right holds does wonders for your flexibility. Through indoor climbing and bouldering, your overall flexibility will drastically improve while also toning your body.
Combats chronic disease
Any vigorous exercise for at least 20 minutes can reduce your risk of numerous multiple diseases. Climbing and bouldering are no exception and can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, some kinds of cancer, and heart disease.
The sport has been shown to help improve spatial awareness, coordination, and problem-solving skills. To get to the top of the wall you need to carefully plan your route, considering the position of your arms and legs, therefore, cognition is boosted, and these skills are strengthened.
It’s super fun
Take our word for it, time flies when you’re up a wall. The endorphin rush you get when you reach the top of a climb is well worth the effort.