At Sender One, we firmly believe that indoor rock climbing is one of the best ways to nurture both your body and mind in a fun and supportive environment. Here’s how rock climbing helps you lead a happier, healthier life!
Rock Climbing Builds Muscle, Endurance, and Flexibility
Rock climbing requires much more than just upper-body strength. Completing a route relies heavily on a long list of physical factors, including intricate footwork, lower body strength, and lean muscle mass. Although not often thought of as a common form of cardio, indoor rock climbing is a sure way to get your heart pumping, similar to the way climbing stairs or jogging does. Additionally, tricky maneuvers and lengthy reaches often require flexibility. At Sender One Santa Ana and Los Angeles climbing gyms, we offer a variety of yoga classes to help members increase flexibility and strength.
Climbing Boosts Brain Function
In addition to building up muscle, climbing involves problem-solving skills — hence why bouldering routes are often referred to as “problems.” Whether scaling cliffs or practicing at our state of the art indoor climbing facility, your mind is constantly active. Often times, the path to the top is not as direct as you might assume, and it takes a surprising amount of focus to find the best means up.
Rock Climbing Reduces Stress
Exercise has been shown to reduce stress by increasing levels of norepinephrine, a chemical that helps balance brain responses. Climbers who focus on the physicality of climbing and immerse themselves in problem solving can decrease stress and walk away from the gym feeling energized and relaxed.
Climbing Teaches Valuable Life Skills
No climber is a stranger to overcoming challenges, and for many rock climbing is about much more than getting a good workout and releasing stress. From a mental standpoint, climbing is an amazing teacher, instilling focus, balance, and determination. Plus, the network and community at Sender One Climbing is empowering and fun.
Get Out There and Climb
If you’re looking to reduce stress and improve yourself both physically and mentally, rock climbing is a great place to start! Visit Sender One at our Santa Ana and Los Angeles climbing gyms today and experience the benefits of rock climbing for yourself!