I’ve always wanted to go wall climbing even when I was still single. I even registered for the Mountaineering Club back in college to experience both mountain and wall climbing but it never materialized (I guess I’m not just a non-techie mom, I’m also not a sporty mom lol). Imagine my delight when I found that there’s a wall climbing area at the Family Fun Park. There’s a separate area for toddlers and bigger kids and for adults too. The toddler’s wall is of course the most colorful, the climbing stones shaped into fishes and padded so the fingers won’t hurt as little kids hold on to them.
One good reason I wanted to wall climb is the fact that it helps one to lose weight. (As other sports combined with exercise training and cardio too, I guess.) What I enjoy about this is it can be done indoors, this one of a kind activity burns about 380 calories in 30 minutes. It is an overall body workout because one uses the power of both the upper and lower body when he/she climbs.
The older kids got to try the bigger wall too! See, they’re completely geared with a harness. I didn’t worry about their climbing as the attendants seem to be able when it comes to this. Below is the hubby’s epic failure in climbing and going down technique. lol.
Well, if you haven’t yet, try it. Wall climbing, or indoor rock climbing, can provide numerous benefits for children. Here are some of the key benefits of wall climbing for children:
- Physical fitness: Wall climbing is an excellent form of exercise that engages various muscle groups in the body. It helps improve strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. Climbing requires the use of the upper body, core, and lower body, making it a full-body workout.
- Motor skills development: Climbing involves complex movements that require coordination, balance, and fine motor skills. Children learn to navigate the climbing wall, reach for holds, and plan their movements strategically. This activity can enhance their motor skills and body awareness.
- Problem-solving and critical thinking: Climbing routes are often designed with different levels of difficulty and require problem-solving skills. Children need to analyze the wall, plan their moves, and adapt their strategies to overcome challenges. It encourages critical thinking, spatial awareness, and the ability to make quick decisions.
- Overcoming fears and building confidence: Wall climbing challenges children to face their fears and push their limits. As they conquer new heights and complete difficult routes, they gain a sense of accomplishment and build self-confidence. It teaches them to set goals, persevere, and believe in their abilities.
- Focus and concentration: Climbing requires concentration and focus on the task at hand. Children learn to assess their surroundings, plan their moves, and stay focused during the climb. This can help improve their ability to concentrate and stay attentive in other areas of life as well.
- Teamwork and communication: Wall climbing can be done individually or in groups. In a group setting, children can learn valuable teamwork and communication skills. They can encourage and support each other, share tips and strategies, and learn to trust their climbing partners.
- Emotional and mental well-being: Wall climbing provides a physical outlet for children to release energy and manage stress. It can be an enjoyable and challenging activity that boosts mood, reduces anxiety, and promotes a sense of accomplishment. It also helps children develop resilience and learn how to deal with setbacks.
- Risk assessment and safety awareness: Wall climbing teaches children to assess risks, follow safety guidelines, and take responsibility for their own well-being. They learn to use safety equipment properly and understand the importance of following rules and guidelines.
It’s important to note that children should always be supervised by trained instructors and follow appropriate safety measures when participating in wall climbing activities. Overall, wall climbing offers a fun and engaging way for children to develop physical, mental, and social skills while enjoying an exciting and challenging sport.
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