9 more unique hobbies you might not have tried

Thanks to the ever-increasing availability of artificial climbing walls, its inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and the release of inspiring documentaries like Free Solo and The Dawn Wall, climbing has exploded in popularity in recent years.

As well as being fun and giving you an effective cardiovascular workout, climbing can also help to improve strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination.

Plus, climbing can be beneficial for our mental health, too. As an activity that requires you to focus intently on each movement, it’s great for helping us to stay in the present moment and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. Research has also shown that climbing may be beneficial for improving symptoms of depression and our ability to regulate our emotions.

As with most sports, accidents can happen in climbing, but it’s actually a much safer activity than you might think. This study found that climbing sports resulted in fewer injuries than other popular sports like basketball, sailing, and football – with indoor climbing in particular being the most injury-free out of all the activities studied.

If you want to get involved in this exhilarating hobby, then the best way is to enrol in a class at your local climbing facility – preferably indoor, as it’s generally considered to be a safer and easier learning environment for beginners. Taking a lesson with an experienced instructor will help you get acquainted with the basic techniques and safety practices. Plus, you’ll be able to rent all the equipment you need (shoes, harness, etc).

After you’ve completed your first lesson or two, you can choose to continue taking lessons or develop your skills on your own. Then, once you feel confident, you can even look into climbing outdoors, which is a great activity to pair with a weekend away!

And just remember, it’s never too late to start climbing. Just check out Maria Kittl in the video below, she’s an 89-year-old rock climber from Austria who swears that rock climbing has helped her to stay fit and healthy in later life.

Author: wpadmin

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