Ready, Steady, Climb!

ClimbingLast weekend I went to the mountains. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this by now, but I love rock climbing. Although I’m not a pro, I can enjoy easy climbing routes. It’s a great way to keep fit and I wish I could do this more out in the open.

Nevertheless, when I don’t have the time or the means to go to the mountains, I can train in special indoor climbing gyms.

Why do I like this fitness exercise so much? Several reasons come to mind when thinking about it:

  1. It’s a complex activity, which puts strain on my entire body. From head to toe, it challenges my every muscle. Climbing is not only about strength, it’s also a question of endurance, coordination and balance between all limbs, as well as of being flexible and alert.
  2. Climbing burns record amounts of calories. An hour of working out your body by climbing leads to roughly 500 calories burnt, depending, of course, on how much you weigh.
  3. This exercise makes me use not only my entire body, but also my brain. I have to think at all times where to put my hand or my leg in order to get higher and higher. I also must consider not only current moves, but I have to always think ahead and anticipate. One wrong move and you have to start your climb all over again.
  4. I also love climbing because it helped me develop my team working skills and my trust in friends and colleagues. I learnt that when you’re on a mountain or at a climbing gym, you always have to check and see if your mates are ok. Sometimes, the success of your climb depends on the skills of each team member, so you have to trust them entirely. I think this workout routine is great for team building sessions.
  5. Last, but not least: the adrenaline! It’s not only about the thrill and excitement you feel during the climb. It’s also the feeling of accomplishment that flourishes when you’re finally at the top. It’s a rare state of mind and heart, and I usually get it when I successfully finished a climb, be it easy or difficult.

So, what do you think? I hope I convinced you to try climbing as a workout activity. Remember: it’s good for your body, as well as for your brain and for your emotional state.

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