If you are looking for a sport that will get you fit and help you lose the extra weight you took during the Christmas holidays, take up rock climbing. This is an activity that has many benefits, especially that of making you work many muscles at the same time. Indeed, you are using your arms, of course, but also your legs, your back and your core. Furthermore, it is a very social sport were you get to meet lots of different people.
Team sport and individual challenge
There are 2 main disciplines in rock climbing: traditional with ropes and harness’, and bouldering. The first implies a close and confident relationship between the climber and the belay who will ensure their safety. The second consists of climbing short but more intense problems without a rope. The advantage of bouldering is that you only need climbing shoes (and a crash mat if you are going outdoor). You climb with other people and friendly compete with each other, but mainly against yourself.
Even when you are climbing with ropes, rock climbing is a sport in which you will always challenge yourself rather than competing against someone or as part of a team. The only element of team is that you need to trust the person belaying you and inspire confidence to your climber when you belay them.
Rock climbing is fun and can be done whenever you want (there are lots of indoor facilities in the UK) and for as long as you want or can each time. You will become fit and lean while having fun, so don’t wait and join your local climbing wall.