Climbing is great for kids. Here is why.
There’s a joke among parents that today’s kids are born with a smartphone. And as much as we don’t like it, it is true to many. Still, children are children and no matter how far digitalization goes, they need to play more time in the real world than sit in front of a screen.
According to research by the World Health Organization, to stay healthy and fit children need to exercise at least twice a day for not less than 30 minutes. Something more, the benefits of balanced physical activity positively affect all aspects of a child's physical, psychological, personal, and social development. And just like all of these are interrelated, there aren’t many sports that can develop all of them at once. But rock climbing can.
Physical benefits of climbing
Rock climbing challenges and strengthens every part of the body. When climbing, kids have to breathe deeply and this oxidizes the blood flow. Stretching hands upwards to grab a climbing hold increases cardiac output and blood pressure, while using your legs to step on a hold can strengthen the leg muscles.
Other physical benefits include:
- Strengthens musculoskeletal tissue and make bones, muscles and joints stronger;
- Provides cardiovascular exercise for the heart and the lungs;
- Improves balance, coordination, and flexibility that can reduce falls and potential injuries;
- Helps maintain a healthy weight, thereby producing more energy and fewer health risks.
Psychological benefits of climbing
Children’s cognitive development goes hand in hand with their motor skills so it’s safe to say that exercise is an essential element of brain development. Some of rock climbing psychological benefits are:
- Improved learning and memory;
- Improved focus and attention;
- Better problem-solving skills;
- Lower risk of anxiety and depression.
Rock climbing social development benefits
In addition to regular exercise, children also need opportunities to build self-confidence, which is necessary for self-expression and positive social interaction. Rock climbing does not only build muscles, but also helps children develop the social skills necessary for a balanced, happy life.
To name a few of those skills:
- Setting and achieving goals;
- Overcoming fears;
- Trust and team building;
- Building confidence and leadership skills.
Although modern technology has improved our lives in many ways, it has also drastically reduced physical activity. Parents are facing unprecedented challenges to help their children overcome tech addiction and ensure they get enough fresh air and exercise.
For 22 years now Walltopia has been committed to design and produce climbing walls for training and recreation, that invite children to play (and climb) in a safe and fun environment.