If you’ve been searching for a new hobby to try this fall, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 reasons to get into rock climbing.
Get Your Workout In
Make your daily workout routine more fun by joining an indoor climbing gym (like maybe The Edge Rock Gym here in Jacksonville). Climbing develops endurance muscles and strengthens the hands, forearms, biceps, shoulders, neck, traps, upper back, lats, lower back, abs, glutes, thighs, and calves. You’d be hard pressed to find another workout that works on all of those at once.
Clear Your Mind
It’s worth mentioning that climbing is good for your mental health as well as your physical well-being. You have to stay focused on hand and foot holdings, and it requires problem solving, which is why research suggests climbing can alleviate stress and help with depression and anxiety. It also builds confidence and self-esteem, much like any other workout.
Indoor & Outdoor
One of the best benefits to rock climbing is that it’s both an indoor and outdoor activity. Rain or shine, you can hit the gym and climb for the top. As you conquer the walls and your skill levels increase, you can start finding new challenges and outdoor terrain to tackle.
Easy to Pick Up
When you start a new hobby or sport, there’s often a learning curve, requiring you to dedicate a large chunk of time to mastering it. Climbing is an ideal activity for beginners because the concept isn’t complicated, and the rules never change, no matter what the obstacle is. Obviously, there are more and less difficult climbs, but getting a grip on the sport is easy to do.
Rock Climbing makes for a great photo op – whether the pic is of you pretending to be a spider monkey on a wall or the view from the top of an outdoor climb. There are endless possibilities for cool shots that are more interesting and active than standing by the beach with a filter on.
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