So you have delivered that wonderful bundle of joy into the world but what is the next step? It goes without saying that several bodily changes occur during your pregnancy, some of which remain after birth, including extra weight. But that’s okay! These are the marks that you have gifted life! Although some are left wishing that they could shift that extra weight from their figure, and that’s okay too. If you are one of these people, climbing could be perfect for you!
So What Is Climbing?
So what do I mean by climbing? weirdly enough there is a whole subculture under your nose. Every weekend office workers, contractors, and parents flock to climbing gyms and nature parks all over the country.
Climbing at its roots is all about pulling your way up looming walls of stone. But in recent years indoor gyms made of wood with plastic holds have become huge gateways into this other world.
Climbing can be split down into two types, classic climbing, and bouldering.
Classic climbing is done with rope as a safety precaution which allows you to climb much higher than bouldering which for a lot of people is outside their comfort zone. This is usually done with a partner so it helps to have even numbers.
Bouldering differs from climbing in the fact that you don’t use a rope. Instead, you don’t climb nearly as high and the floor is padded with huge safety mats. Bouldering has become pretty popular in the last decade and has a much lower entry rate than climbing and feels a lot more social.
So climbing has two pretty awesome benefits. The first and most important is its great exercise! Climbing is not only amazing cardio which everyone knows is important to weight loss but also a great strength workout.
That baby is only going to grow bigger so it makes sense that you need to get stronger too right? Climbing works out all your main muscle types and because of this regular climbers tend to have low body fat percentages.
On average, indoor rock climbing for an hour burns about 800 calories as stated by the Harvard Health Publications.
This makes it the perfect sport for weight loss!
The second benefit of climbing is it’s super social, so its really easy to make new friends and drag your old ones to try it. Most people when hearing about climbing gyms are at the very least curious which makes it perfect to take old friends out too for a catch-up.
Is it expensive?
Okay, I’m not going to lie to you. when you become hooked climbing can get pretty expensive when buying gear for big outdoor trips. but for beginners, it’s pretty cheap to pick up. Especially since it’s likely you will be climbing indoors for a while.
Depending if you decide to boulder or climb you will need different gear. Bouldering is pretty much pick up and go after a short induction. Climbing tends to have a longer induction on rope safety and knots.
The only necessity for both is climbing shoes and some chalk. Both can be rented for a small fee along with some chalk. The shoes will help your feet grip the holds due to their rubber outsole, while the chalk will keep your hands nice and dry to ensure maximum friction.
If you do decide to climb instead you will need to rent some extra gear which is a harness and a belay device. Due to the extra gear it usually costs a little more than bouldering but is still affordable.
So why not try something new? If your not instantly hooked you can always try something else.