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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 Mental Sport

One of the greatest advantages of our sport is that it is both an excellent way to let off steam and an effective mental exercise. Indeed, picturing each movement, 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.

Odoo • Texte et Image
                      Odoo • Image et Texte
                      On a cognitive level, here is a list offering a range of benefits:

                       → focus

                      → concentration

                      → memory

                      → problem solving

                      → spatio-temporal steering

                      → decision-making

                      → planning

                      Accessible but complete physical activity

                      In addition to the playfulness of the discipline, climbing is a sport that is good for your health.

                      It allows you to work not only on strength, but also on endurance and flexibility. For children from 5 years old, climbing allows the development of body management in space, by adding the vertical dimension. No wonder climbing is often associated with psychomotricity.

                      Odoo • Image et Texte
                      On a physical level, here is a list offering a range of benefits:

                      → muscular tone

                      → flexibility

                      → endurance

                      → body awareness and body schema

                      → coordination

                      →  balance

                      → accuracy

                      → fluidity of the movements

                      → management of motor hyperactivity

                      → motor praxies

                      → lateralisation

                      A social and communicational 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.

                      Odoo • Texte et Image
                      Odoo • Image et Texte
                      On a social level, here is a list of all the benefits of climbing:

                      → verbal and non-verbal communication

                      → the intrinsic motivation

                      → self-confidence

                      → trust in each other

                      → self-esteem

                      → 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.

                      Odoo • une photo avec une légende

                      All these reasons make our instructors more than happy to introduce you to this sport via our climbing school.