Bouldering is the activity of climbing rocks and boulders without using ropes and harnesses. While it originated primarily as a method of training, now this activity has become a sport and is performed in different parts of the world. Climbers use climbing shoes and bouldering mats (aka crash pads) to prevent hard falls to the ground. Like free solo climbing, bouldering has also become a popular climbing format around the world with many skilled climbers competing and showcasing their individual skills.
The combination of strength, balance and technique employed in bouldering make it a wonderful exercise. Here are the benefits that are achievable by adding some Bouldering to your exercise routines.
- Strengthens the Core
Besides training the muscles of the arms, bouldering also works the midsection and the abdomen. Climbers switch positions on rocks by using their legs and arms. The intensity required in bouldering makes the core, arms and fingers hard and tough. By performing bouldering routinely, one can achieve a wonderful lean body.
- Burns Calories
Like other physical exercises, bouldering helps in losing weight. According to the Harvard Health Publication, a 150-pound person can burn about 820 calories by performing various rock climbing activities. Rappelling (a bouldering activity) alone burns up to 600 calories.
- Builds Stamina and Endurance
Aerobic, as well as anaerobic systems get improved by bouldering exercises. Did you know exercises that work both these systems build endurance? The harsh and tough conditions of bouldering enhances overall stamina. If we compare various activities by stamina improvement, we would surely find bouldering to be one of the best exercises.
- Alleviates Stress
Like other exercises bouldering also increases the secretion of hormones. Hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol help in alleviating stress. Along with the hormones, exposure to the sun also helps in reducing stress and anxiety. The sun is a great source of Vitamin D. By performing the bouldering exercise; individuals can feel fresh and free.
- Improves Balance and Coordination
As mentioned, bouldering is an activity of strength, technique and balance, so one would achieve a great level of coordination by doing this exercise. To prevent disastrous falls, climbers practice long and hard to improve balance and coordination. Remember bouldering does not involve ropes and harnesses.
- Prevents Diseases
Yes, odd as it may sound, bouldering also prevents diseases. Various bouldering activities assist in preventing high blood pressure and high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. Besides this, rock climbing activities help in avoiding several chronic illnesses. With bouldering, one can achieve an all body cardio-vascular exercise.
Bouldering helps in burning calories, building stamina, increasing endurance, reducing stress and improving coordination. Once you've made a habit of performing bouldering, the chances are that you will include it in your regular routine because of the sheer fun and intensity it offers.
Author Bio: Andrew is the founder and CEO at Aim Workout. As a passionate fitness professional and tri-athlete, there is literally no adventure he won’t embark on. From mountain biking, deep sea diving, rock climbing and cycling to boxing and mixed martial arts, Andrew has a penchant for the wild and extreme.