benefits of climbing

ROKT Foundation aims to support individuals and communities to get fit and healthy through fun, adrenaline based activities.  There are many proven amazing benefits to climbing that people don’t know.  Here are some interesting facts.

Climbing Combines cardio
and strength into a single workout:

During a single session of climbing, the body executes a number of physical tests, including boosting heart rate, building muscle and developing stamina. The cardio and energy consumed in climbing is similar to running at a pace between 8 and 11 minutes per mile.

Strengthens and tones muscles:
Virtually all major muscles groups are incorporated in even a single climbing session.

Increases flexibility: Climbing encourages participants to increase their range of motion, demanding flexibility and adaptability to reach, leap and climb to handholds and footholds, sometimes that feel beyond reach.

Mental strength: In bouldering (a type of climbing done without ropes or safety harnesses) the routes are called problems, as bouldering requires problem-solving skills. Navigating routes demands a climber to judge their individual abilities. Bouldering requires hand-eye coordination too.

Reduces stress: Climbing reduces stress by increasing levels of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter in the body that aids in releasing stress. You become immersed in the flow of the activity and become consumed in the activity of reaching, climbing and leaping, creating as sense of ecstasy.

Burns calories: An average person can burn more than 800 calories hourly during a climbing ascent and 596 calories per hour while abseiling.

Prevents chronic disease:  Climbing can be a vigorous and intense physical activity and because of its health benefits in reducing stress, cardiovascular activity and building muscle, it can decrease the risk for various chronic illnesses including heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Sense of achievement: Regardless of whether you climb indoors or outdoors, climbers get a euphoric feeling of being on top of the world. Adrenaline, happiness and excitement, all of which are positive feelings that foster a sense of accomplishment and just reward are brilliant stress busters and confidence boosters.

Conquers fears:
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. Climbing is a fantastic way to conquer these fears.

Challenge yourself: As confidence and self-reliance increase. Climbing can provide you with the opportunity to tap into your mind and body’s limitless potential.

Comfort levels:

Climbers are frequently strapped to harnesses. The harness serves as a safety measure, preventing falling if you lose balance or grip with the security of the harness, you can reach heights at your own comfort level. Conquering this fear of heights empowers and helps build confidence and self-esteem.

Climbing is fun:  Whether you are a fearless adrenaline junkie or a bag of nerves, climbing is lots of fun.  You will achieve more than you expected and meet people you like and connect with.