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Why Rock Climbing Rocks

Have a fear of heights? If so, you might want to skip this article! However, if you’re ready to tap into your ~adventurous side~ and get a killer workout, this article is for you! Rock climbing, whether it be up a cliff, a boulder, or an indoor climbing wall, has numerous health benefits. Some of them may surprise you!

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1. It’s a Cardio Workout

Rock climbing can burn anywhere between 500 to 900 calories per hour! So if you’re looking for fun way to burn some cals, look no further. Plus, it’s way more fun than spending an hour on the elliptical.

2. It’s a Strength Workout

Rock climbing? It’s a total body strength workout. And when I say total body, I mean total body. Every muscle is working in sync with each other to stay balanced and to climb to the next level. Your back, quads, biceps, calves, glutes, shoulders..all of them! Even your hands will get a strength workout (from holding on for dear life!).

3. It’s a Mind Workout

Rock climbing requires a great deal of mental strength as well. You must use your problem-solving skills to judge your reach, your next step, and your route. It’s like a real life puzzle!

4. It’s a Stress Reliever

Exercise is one of the best stress relievers there is! Rock climbers often get into the “flow” of the activity. Their mind is focused solely on the task at hand. This is particularly helpful when you’ve had a long day, when you’re super stressed, or simply want to let off some steam.

5. It’s Fun!

Going to the gym isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. That’s why rocking climbing is so great! You get a killer total body workout without feeling like you’re working out. Challenging yourself to reach new heights boosts your confidence and self-reliance. It’s just you against you!

 

Written by GUADS staff member Angelina with contributions from dailyburn.com, healthfitnessrevolution.com, & huffingtonpost.com 

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