If don’t yet know, for the next Olympic games, climbing is officially a sport. That’s right, climbers will be joining other Olympic sporting contestants in the 2020 Tokyo games. For those who are already climbers this is, of course, excellent news – and you should be raising your chalky hands in celebration. For those, though, who don’t yet know the delights and benefits of climbing, we at WriteUp are going to list for you the benefits of climbing and reasons why you should start today. Trust us, by the end of it you’ll never look at rocks the same way again.
1. You’ll get fit
Climbers are generally super fit, but then this is no surprise as the sport perfectly blends strength and cardio exercises. During a typical climbing workout, you’ll use your arms, legs, grip, as well as your core – yes, that’s right, your core – climbing greatly relies on a strong core to give you that all-important balance. Even better, you’ll be using all of these muscles at the same time, its no wonder then all climbers are super toned.
2. Mood booster
The benefits of climbing don’t just stop there though. Like other high adrenaline sports, it requires a different mindset than just heading out for a simple jog. With climbing, you also have to face your fears. Namely, your fear of falling and of heights. This sport teaches you how to cope with, if not conquer, your fears. Which in turn, is an excellent mood booster. At the top of that wall, you’ll be feeling great and on top of the world (well, on top of the wall, but you get our point)
3. Reduce your stress
Like with any exercise, climbing helps to reduce your stress. You’ll become so focused on the wall, and conquering your particular route, that it’ll distract you from your day-to-day stresses. What’s more, it will also teach you the art of problem solving, which in itself is a great strategy to have! In the end, climbing teaches you many things, however, its biggest educational point is perhaps that in life, quite often, the only way is up.
4. You’ll tan
Need we say more? If you get good enough, the desire to test your new-found skillset in the ‘real world’ will become so overpowering you simply won’t be able to resist. So, to the great outdoors you will head, venturing either close or far from home (there are great bouldering and climbing spots all over the world). Unsurprisingly, spending a lot of time outside will mean that you’ll gain a beautiful tan to highlight your newly-toned climbing figure.
5. Age is just a number
The great thing, and yet another addition to our benefits of climbing, is you can start really young and just, well; keep going. Retirement can wait when you’re a climber, if you enjoy it enough, and your health permits it, you can keep on hanging in there. Quite literally.
It’s a great way to get healthy, not to mention meet new, interesting people to climb with. A sport which has witnessed a huge surge in popularity, thanks in part to climbing stars such as Alex Honnold and Hazel Findlay (both are well worth a Google). Thing is, there really is no reason for you to not put on some climbing shoes, chalk your hands up and tackle that climb. And like we said in the beginning, boulders will never look the same again.