Climbing: a complete sport!
Today, it is complicated for parents to choose the right physical activity for their children. While some sports are considered essential for everyone (swimming, for example, from a safety point of view), climbing is today an alternative that is becoming increasingly popular. In this article, we have tried to summarise the benefits of climbing.
A sport for the brain
One of the greatest advantages of our sport is that it's both an excellent way of letting off steam and an effective mental exercise. In fact, imagining every move, choosing which holds to take, or simply the technical manipulations of the ropes, allow you to escape completely. The need for concentration is such that climbing allows you to disconnect from everyday life.
→ problem solving
→ spatio-temporal steering
Climbing helps to develop problem-solving skills in children.
Each route is a kind of puzzle that climbers have to solve to get to the top. This sometimes requires them to start again, taking a step back to analyse the method to be used.
Accessible, comprehensive physical activity
Not only does it build strength, but also endurance and flexibility. For children aged 5 and over, climbing helps develop body management in space, with the addition of the vertical dimension. No wonder climbing is often associated with psychomotricity.
Climbing allows you to develop a spatial management of your body.
DWhat's more, the fact that climbing combines creative thinking for safety and progress with sporting skills (flexibility, endurance and strength) means that less athletic children can express themselves in this discipline.
→ muscular tone
→ body awareness and body schema
→ fluidity of the movements
→ management of motor hyperactivity
→ motor praxies
A social and communicative school
In the end, one of the greatest advantages of our sport is its social dimension. Climbing can be considered as an individual sport, in which surpassing oneself is central, yet this social dimension is omnipresent. Confidence in others, intrinsic motivation, respect for rules and responsibility allow children to practice a sport where competition is present only towards themselves and not towards others.
Climbing allows each child to benefit from the group's encouragement to excel, without any social pressure to perform.
Managing emotions and fears, as well as impulsiveness, allows each child to benefit from the group's encouragement to excel, without any social pressure to perform.
→ verbal and non-verbal communication
→ the intrinsic motivation
→ trust in each other
→ the respect of rules
→ the control of emotions and impulsivity
Climbing, a sport more accessible than it seems
Wrongly, climbing is often linked to the idea of an extreme sport, to climbers without ropes and that gives shivers down your spine. Nevertheless, the practice of indoor sports is nowadays safer than many other sports. Similarly, an often cited obstacle to climbing is the fear of heights and vertigo. A gentle and progressive approach, starting with boulders (small, low-height walls) allows you to overcome your fears and gain self-confidence.
For all these reasons, our instructors will be more than happy to introduce you to this sport via our climbing school.