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Rock Climbing is Good For Body And Mind

Discover rock climbing’s unique physical and mental challenge, and the life

Young man climbs on a rocky wall in a valley with mountains

Ascending a cliff, boulder or even an indoor rock wall requires a large amount of physical strength and endurance. Some conquer climbs through nutritious meals and campus board pull-ups.

Rock climbing builds muscle and endurance. y beginners may believe, climbing requires much more than upper-body strength. The success of sending — or completing — a route relies heavily on a long list of physical factors, including intricate footwork, lower body strength and lean muscle mass.

Climbing boosts brain function.

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Rock climbing reduces stress.

Exercise itself has been shown to reduce stress by increasing levels of norepinephrine, a chemical that helps balance our brains’ response to stress.

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For many, rock climbing is about much more than getting a good workout and releasing stress. “From a physical standpoint it’s incredible exercise, but some of the best tidings I get from climbing are what I would define as spiritual,” Cedar Wright, team climber with The North Face, writer and filmmaker, tells The Huffington Post.

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/30/health-benefits-rock-climbing_n_5708847.html

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Originally posted 2015-08-25 21:13:40.

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