Climbing is a versatile, physically demanding sport that can be done indoors or outdoors. Climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber’s strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialised climbing equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes.
Climbing combines cardio and strength into a single workout: During a single session of rock climbing, the body executes a number of physical tests, including boosting heart rate, building muscle and developing stamina. The upper body strength required for rock climbing is a given for pulling oneself up, while the legs and core build muscle as the body strives to find balance.
Rock climbing encourages participants to increase their range of motion. Rock climbing demands flexibility and adaptility as it requires climbers to reach, leap and climb to handholds and footholds usually far from a comfortable distance.
Climbing reduces stress by increasing levels of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter in the body that aids in releasing stress. Climbers oftentimes become immersed in the flow of the activity enabling them to become consumed in the activity of reaching, climbing and leaping, creating as sense of ecstasy. Climbing outdoors also has been proven to further lower stress levels as climbers are more exposed to the sun and Vitamin D.
The various exercises involved in rock climbing can aid in the prevention of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said rock climbing was a vigorous and intense physical activity and because of its health benefits in reducing stress, cardiovascular activity and building muscle, rock climbing can decrease the risk for various chronic illnesses.
Fear is among the greatest obstacles which prevent us from enjoying life to its fullest extent. Since of the most commonly held fears among people are the fear of heights and the fear of falling from heights. Rock climbing is a fantastic way to conquer these fears. As confidence and self-reliance increase within climbs, climbers find themselves standing on the edge of their comfort zones. Climbing provides many with the opportunity to tap into the mind and body’s limitless potential, enabling them to challenge themselves further in completing increasingly complex routes. Even when a route is completed, climbers will continue to tackle more challenges with even greater difficulties.
Since starting the classes I have trained many Turning point and Aspire service users at various venues and have seen a lot of changes in their behaviour.
I am so grateful for the opportunities that the Active Body Healthy Mind project has given me and I do feel so much better, in body and mind.
The activities I have experienced with Aspire have been great for me. Getting my fitness up & meeting new people has been excellent.
All activities were brilliant & it has been an amazing experience. It’s given me better relationships with my peers and I’m grateful to Jamie Hamilton & Racheal Torrance for involving us in this.
Doing these sports is a huge boost to my self-confidence and mental well-being, helps me to build a social network and improves my physical fitness which is growing every week.
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