There are many options available to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle like hitting the treadmill thrice a week or do some weight lifting. The problem is that these conventional workouts can become quite boring, you may start skipping your daily gym sessions. On the other hand, rock climbing is a popular physically and mentally demanding sport that is not only interesting but also tests a climber’s endurance, strength, agility, and balance. The best thing about this versatile sport is that it can be performed both indoors and outdoors. Now, let’s quickly look at the top 5 reasons why everyone should try rock climbing.

#1 Full Body Workout

Rock climbing is becoming a popular sport among everyone irrespective of gender, age, and fitness ability. Why so? It is an anaerobic workout in which different muscles groups (quads, obliques, delts, traps, etc.) of your body engaged together to produce a combined effect such as strong biceps, strong back, and killer forearms. In other words, you’re doing a full body workout without drenching in sweat, gasping for air or fighting with the flabby muscle burn.

Besides this, rock climbing also helps in burning calories. On an average, a climber burns 400 to 800 calories per hour, but this number can vary as it depends upon the amount of exertion and your body weight as well. A day full of rock climbing can certainly help you burn a good number of calories.


#2 Anyone Can Get Started Without Spending a Fortune

Unlike heavy gym membership fee, rock climbing is an inexpensive sport that anyone can enjoy. To get started, all you need is a pair of shoes, a helmet, a rope, and a harness . That's all. If you already have basic gears like shoes, helmet, and rope, outdoor rock climbing is almost free for you. On the other hand, the membership of indoor rock climbing costs just $60 - $80 per month, depending on the region where you live.

#3 Helpful in Preventing Chronic Diseases

This intense physical workout involves several exercises that are helpful in preventing chronic health ailments such as high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and many more. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also stated that rock climbing has innumerable health benefits and can avert the risk of serious chronic ailments.

#4 Easy to Learn

Unlike other sports that may require you to travel to various locations to take part, rock climbing can be easily learned in the bouldering gyms that are easily available in almost every urban area. In the bouldering gyms, you can improve your endurance, strength, flexibility and train yourself for the real cliff climbing. Besides this, you don’t need a group of friends for rock climbing. You can practice it individually and all you need is a good pair of shoes.

#5 Help you Conquer Your Fear

Fear is one of the biggest obstacles, which prevent many of us from enjoying life to the fullest. Right? Many of us have a fear of falling from heights or the fear of heights. Rock climbing is the best possible way to conquer the fear of heights and build your self-esteem and confidence.

Final Words

If you are also looking for an amazing pastime activity to keep your body fit and healthy, whilst strengthening your endurance and flexibility, rock climbing is the sport that you should give a try.