3 Ways to Prepare for Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a pretty intense way to workout. It’s an adventurous full-body workout, that you can do outdoors or in a gym. It isn’t the kind of physical activity you should just start on a whim, either. Here are some ways to get yourself ready to start climbing.

1. Go to a Climbing Gym

If you haven’t climbed before, you can try a climbing gym Denver before venturing to an outdoor climbing area or mountain. Gyms will typically have lessons available for beginners and courses that cater to all skill levels. You can see if climbing is an activity you like and learn more about outdoor climbing, or just keep going to the gym. Some gyms also offer other activities like climbing courses for children and yoga. These gyms offer a safe environment and plenty of support to learn about the sport and practice.

2. Practice Yoga

Climbers need to be flexible, and one of the best ways to increase and maintain flexibility is regular yoga practice. Since climbing is a full-body sport, you should incorporate a series of full-body stretches into your exercise routine, and yoga is all about making your whole body strong, stable and flexible. Look for poses like Eagle Pose to increase balance and Flip Dog to practice weight transfer. You could also practice yoga flow, moving through a series of movements. This kind of yoga routine is all about strengthening and stretching your upper body, particularly your shoulders, which climbers tend to use a lot to pull themselves up.

3. Build Core Strength and Stability

When you’re climbing, you absolutely need upper body strength to pull yourself up and strong legs to find your footing, but core strength is essential. A stable core can help you avoid injury and strain and that stability supports all your other muscle groups. Before you start climbing, you can build strength in your core with a few simple exercises. Situps and crunches will work your abs. Plank variations like side planks and forearm planks work your whole core plus your upper body. And arm dips and knee-raise planks help strengthen your obliques.

Rock climbing targets all the muscle groups in your body, and it’s a good way to get in some cardio at the same time. It’s a way to workout without worrying about getting bored and it’s low impact. But it’s still a high-intensity activity, so make sure you’re prepared before you start.

4 Fun Ways to Get Your Kids Exercising While Social Distancing

During the Coronavirus pandemic, parents have been struggling to find ways to get their children to burn some energy and exercise. It is important that they still do, because a lack of exercise could lead to not just physical, but mental health problems too. If you are worried about your child mixing with others due to the risk of Covid-19, why not look at alternatives to team sports? Here are some fun easy ways for your child to still get the exercise they need while still being able to socially distance from others.

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Video Call PE Lessons

To get kids to move more, how about a virtual PE lesson? Not only will your child be completely socially distanced, but they will have a trained professional teaching them and educating them throughout the lesson itself. You could even join in on the lessons if you wanted to! Make sure you download ZOOM or Google Classroom/Google Meets to get started with your virtual PE lessons.

Bike Ride

We understand that this one may depend on how old your child is, but going for a cycle with your child is so much fun and is amazing for their health, and yours too! Maybe even teaching your child how to ride a bike would be a great use of time together and will make the most special memories too. Cycling improves cardiovascular fitness, muscle and bone strength and so much more. It is also great for mental health.

Scavenger Hunt

Doing a scavenger hunt with your kids will give them so much enjoyment. If you go for a walk around a woodland area, you could write down some things that you are bound to see e.g. a red leaf, a twig, a bird etc. There are so many readymade lists online if you don’t have time to write one out yourself. The sense of achievement your child will feel when they have ticked off everything on the list will be amazing.

Beach Day

If you are lucky enough to live by a beach or within traveling distance to a beach, letting your child run around there will be fantastic for them. Maybe buy some boogie boards if they are of the right age and go paddling with them. You could even make some sandcastles or go shell hunting; the list is endless! The sea air is so good for balancing out your serotonin levels, which will make you feel less stressed and in a better mood. It is also great for the lungs. When you are at the beach, it is important that it is not overly populated in order for you to socially distance properly.

Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, as there are so many fun ways to get your kids moving this summer. With a little imagination, make sure your kids don’t lose out on activity time this summer, get them moving and they will be happy and healthy.

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