IT CAN ENHANCE YOUR BRAINPOWER
Rock climbing requires incredible mental strength and balance, as your brain works to orient your body on the wall.
There aren’t many activities where, on one hand, your body is balancing itself, and on the other hand, your mind needs to think about how and where your next move will be at the same time. Needing to think on your feet (literally!) increases problem solving capabilities, and the more you climb, the more intuitive and focused you will get in knowing your body and your limits.
Many climbers become so focused and aware of the wall, their bodies and the connection between the two that it puts them into what athletes describe as the “flow state”. Similar to yoga, rock climbing can become a physical type of meditating.
Of course, climbing goes hand-in-hand with (safely) falling. Indoor climbing centres are the perfect place to test this out in a controlled environment, with trained instructors and spotters on hand for assistance. Falling isn’t failure though, and while it’s not the aim of the game, it’s still a fun part of the process. Sure, you need to get back on the wall and try a different route but that’s all part of knowing your body, learning your capabilities, and solving this vertical gravity maze.