5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START CLIMBING
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So you think climbing isn’t for you? We believe that climbing is suitable for everyone and it is never too late to start. In our blog post we tell you why climbing is the ideal sport.
Climbing is becoming more and more popular every year and for many it is not just a sport, but a way of life. Next year, sport climbing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Here are 5 reasons why we think you should become a climber too.
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1. IT'S A FULL-BODY WORKOUT
Climbing is a full-body workout at its best. You exercise your back, abdominal and leg muscles as well as your fingers, shoulders and arms. It combines strength, endurance and flexibility. You not only gain strength and body tension, but you also burn a lot of calories. Depending on your body weight and physical exertion, between 500 and 800 calories are burned per hour. Climbing is a full body and mind exercise because you have to be mentally present at all times in order coordinate your movements and to think about your next step.
2. Fast improvements
Climbing is a sport that is in principle suitable for everyone. Age or body size are not important as long as you feel fit. There is the right level of difficulty for everyone, and progress can quickly be made. Every time you go climbing, you learn something new. Especially beginners can benefit from a steep learning curve, which also motivates and makes climbing enjoyable. Beginners are advised to take part in a climbing course, offered by climbing schools, climbing gyms or alpine clubs.
3. SOCIAL CONTACTS
Even if climbing is not a team sport, you need at least a climbing (belaying) partner. Climbing together is a matter of trust, which is why good friendships can develop quicker. Especially if you climb in a club or in a climbing gym, you get in touch with people easily, many like to offer their help and give advice.
4. ENJOY NATURE AND EXPLORE
Every human being is at heart an explorer. Outdoor climbing not only gives you the opportunity to enjoy nature, but also to discover new places in other regions and every country of the world. This can allow you to satisfy your desire for discovery and adventure, while at the same time expanding your horizons beyond climbing.
5. STRESS REDUCTION
Climbing is a sport where you have to fully concentrate on the "here and now", every hold and every step has to be chosen carefully. Everything that is not relevant at the moment is pushed out of your mind. In this way, climbing helps you to leave the stress of everyday life behind. Nature, social contacts and the feeling of having achieved something, in conjunction with the release of endorphins, climbing always puts you in a good mood.
1. Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Saxon Switzerland, Germany
2. Steinicht, Vogtland, Germany
3. Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
4. The Buttermilks, California, USA