Improved Heart Health. One of the most important benefits associated with rock climbing is heart health. Start slowly and work your way up. For example, you may want to start with five minutes of rock climbing, and add an additional five minutes each week until you are climbing for 30 minutes. Research by the American Medical Association has found that this amount of time is optimal in order to achieve the greatest cardiovascular health benefits.
Weight Loss. Another exercise benefit associated with rock climbing is weight loss. Rock climbing at a moderate intensity for around one hour will burn around 400 calories.
Increased Muscle Tone. The most obvious exercise benefits associated with rock climbing is the increase in muscle mass and tone. Climbing develops lean, endurance muscles, strengthens core muscles and your hands and forearms, biceps, shoulders, neck, traps, upper back, lats, lower back, abs, glutes, thighs and calves. This makes it a great exercise for people who don’t have a whole lot of time. They can get a total body exercise in with only one type of workout!
Balance. Effective rock climbers understand that many of the climbing skills are related to technique and balance.
Increases Flexibility. Rock climbing encourages participants to increase their range of motion. Standard rock climbing movements such as long reaches, high steps and stemming require active flexibility for successful execution.
Each climbing route is like a puzzle or maze that has to be solved. Finding the safest, quickest, and most effective or challenging route takes patience and planning. This requires the climber to make decisions how to get to a spot and where to go from there. Climbing requires you to make critical decisions as you go, commit and follow through. Your ability to assess a problem, look for a solution, and execute a plan is required.
Although Rock Climbing is essentially you vs. you, it can still be regarded as a team sport, because you never climb alone (or shouldn’t). You’ll either be climbing with a group of friends or family. Learning to put your trust in the person holding your rope fosters relationships quickly.