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.
→ 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 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.
Climbing allows you to develop a spatial management of your body.
In addition, the fact that climbing combines attitudes of creative thinking for safety and progress with sporting skills (flexibility, endurance and strength), allows less athletic children to be able to 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 communicational school
Climbing allows each child to benefit from the encouragement of the group to surpass themselves, without any social pressure linked to performance.
The management of emotions, fears but also impulsivity allows each child to take advantage of the encouragement of the group to surpass themselves, without any social pressure linked to performance.
→ 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.
All these reasons make our instructors more than happy to introduce you to this sport via our climbing school.