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Rock climbing gives more than just outing; it gives you fitness


Exercise is always accompanied with an increase in muscle mass and strength. These two increments ultimately lead to the overall toning of the muscles. Rock climbing is usually seen as mere a cause for outing. However, the active climbing not only gives you pleasure on your holidays, but also add to your fitness by curbing fat and enhancing your heartbeat. These might be sometimes seen as underlying surface benefits; these benefits have far reaching impact on your overall health. Indoor rock climbing is a total body workout.

Weight loss

Weight has been the utmost problem for a lot of people and loosing fat haven’t been easy for most. The sport is physically vigorous and the climber experiences much muscular resentment while climbing. This induces the body to change the surplus fat into the energy and thus relieve them causing the muscles to be toned and with less fat. Rock climbing burns approximately 400 calories in a day and thus if the climbing is continued daily, a climber can burn a pound of calories in one week as one pound of fat has 3500 calories  This ultimately results in weight loss and perfectly shaped body.

Increased Cardiovascular health

Indoor rock climbing can benefit in increasing the cardiovascular health. The climbing particularly increases your respiratory and heart rate making them ever stronger. “British Journal of Sports Medicine” published in 1997 that 14 rock climbers had the same energy expenditure and heart rate levels as running between 8 to 11 minutes per mile. In 2007 it was published in “Journal of Undergraduate Kinesiology Research” from the University of Wisconsin that the rock climbing met the American College of Sports Medicine’s guideline for heart rate and energy expenditure. The levels of intensity depend upon the rate of climbing and the slope steepness. This particular sport has been regarded as the full-body aerobic workout.

Increased muscle tones

Indoor rock climbing usually targets the major groups of your muscles which are your back muscles, your biceps, triceps, leg muscles, hip muscles, chest, shoulder muscles and foot muscles. All of the stress taken by these muscle groups (while climbing) not only burns the extra fats, but also makes them more resilient, thus increasing the overall health of the muscle.

Increased Flexibility

The type of motions carried out while climbing increases the rigor and frequency of the motion of the overall body. Every now and then, the sudden transitions from one step to the other induce flexibility in the legs and arms muscles. The long reaches and other such type of movements associated with indoor climbing requires utmost flexibility and fluidity. Over time by practicing this level of flexibility is achieved and the muscles are designed to execute sudden and responsive movements.

Reduces stress, increases endurance

Indoor rock climbing is a demanding task and while carrying out this task, the climber has sudden relief from any ongoing stress and tensions. The climber is more absorbed in the on-going activity and thus will be aided in stress relieving by focusing on the activity itself. The exercise increases the levels of norepinephrine – a chemical substance, in the presence of stress, which our brain responds to well.


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