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THE PRO’S OF ROCK CLIMBING
Develops mental agility and toughness
Sometimes described as ‘vertical chess’, rock climbing entails problem solving, planning ahead and keeping your nerve. Researchers at Texas A&M University found climbing could reduce stress, improve self-confidence and encourage positive thinking.
Gives you a firm handshake
Hand and arm strength was far superior in experienced female climbers compared with that of novices in a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Works the abs
Climbing builds a strong core (back and abdominal region). Your abs work particularly hard when you are holding your body weight against gravity, such as on an overhang.
Makes you bendy
Climbing improves your flexibility all over, as you are constantly reaching and stretching, but particularly around the hips, thanks to the frequently adopted ‘frog position’ in which the hips are open.
Builds steely thighs!
Of course, rock climbing builds strength and definition in the back, shoulders and arms, but the legs – particularly the quads and calves – also develop muscular endurance and strength in order to support you for extended periods and propel you upwards.
… AND ON THE DOWNSIDE
Well, if you’re a rock climber, you will fully understand the risks involved.
All that gear!
You can’t just get up and go climbing on a whim, it’ll take you ages to get dressed and ‘rack up’.
What goes up must come down
Abseiling has caused more fatalities than any other mountaineering activity, according to the British Mountaineering Council.
A tendon injury caused by trying to support your body weight with one or two fingers.
But don’t let the con’s put you off – it is still an exhilarating extreme sport, particularly if you are out there in the great outdoors, with fresh air, wide landscapes and a great challenge ahead of you.