Indoor climbing is becoming quite popular. Almost every major city has at least one or two so you should be able to find one near your home if you’d like to give it a try. The reason that indoor climbing has become so popular is because it’s a great way for the whole family to spend some fun time together and get fit at the same time.
Indoor climbing is also considered very safe. The facilities are equipped with safety harnesses for the climbers to wear. These harnesses are attached to cables that will slow the climber’s descent if they lose their grip. Because of these safety features the climber is safe from falling and getting injured.
Perhaps that’s part of the fun of climbing. A person gets to do something exciting that might otherwise be considered dangerous. Not only is it safe and fun but it’s an activity that is a whole-body workout; truly an excellent way to get fit!
An indoor climbing facility has climbing walls of various heights and difficulty levels so that beginners and experts alike can be assured of a challenge. The walls have grips resembling rocks attached to them. The grips are spaced more closely together for the beginner levels. For experts it requires a great degree of skill, strategy, and physical prowess to make it to the top.
Climbing utilizes nearly every major muscle in the body. It builds strength and increases flexibility at the same time. A climber must stretch to reach the next grip. As he or she pulls up, the muscles in the hands, forearms, back, and chest are all called in to assist. At the same time the muscles in the feet and legs are needed to push up in order to reach the next grip. Sometimes it requires not only physical exertion, but also a bit of strategy to search for and decide on the next good hold to reach for.
A person can truly get fit by continually stretching, pulling and pushing. Climbing is certainly beneficial for gaining muscular strength. As an added benefit it also serves as a form of aerobic exercise. It takes a great deal of effort to continue climbing to try and reach the top. By the time a climber gets to the top, her or his heart is really pumping!
The brain benefits also from the release of natural feel-good chemicals called endorphins. This is not only from the exertion of climbing, but also from the joy of accomplishment. Most climbing walls have a bell or buzzer at the top to announce the climber’s success and serves as a reward for reaching the top.