Is rock climbing good for you?
If you’ve never tried rock climbing, you’re in for a treat. Not only is it an excellent all-over workout – improving your strength, stamina, flexibility and co-ordination – it also gives you an amazing sense of achievement. The buzz you get when you make it to the top of a climb is like nothing else. Even if you’re scared of heights, rock climbing is a fantastic way to face up to those fears in a controlled environment. You’ll feel ten-foot (or however high you climb) tall when you do.
Climbing is a great way to de-stress – you’ll notice your mind clears of everyday worries as you focus purely on your route and what your body needs to do. If you try outdoor climbing, you can throw in the added physical and mental benefits of fresh air and vitamin D, plus that indescribable effect nature has on the soul.
And if that’s not enough, rock climbing is also great for teamwork. Most climbers work in pairs, making it a popular activity among couples. The trust you build when relying on each other to solve problems and stay safe is intense - it’s a whole other experience than going for a leisurely jog together.