Benefits of Rock Climbing for Children

Benefits of Rock Climbing for Children

April 11, 2016

“I can’t” is a phrase that many parents don’t like to hear from their children. Indoor rock climbing is an activity that will not only keep a child involved, but will help children gain enough confidence to push through when things get tough. As children become involved in indoor rock climbing, they become a part of a community where they learn to socialize and trust themselves enough to be confident with their endeavors as they grow.

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Climbing is Fun

While your child is completing a workout that develops endurance and stamina, they’re also having fun. Climbing allows children to learn that physical activity can be fun. This is a great habit to learn at a young age. As climbers start to take climbing seriously, they adopt a fit lifestyle as they hope to achieve each climbing goal by staying fit.

Problem Solving

As your child begins to climb, he or she will learn how to get through a route by using reasoning. Eventually, with more time and experience children learn to look at the wall and map out a plan before climbing. Climbing is great for both athletic and non-athletic kids. Athletic kids learn patience, discipline and problem solving. It appeals to non-athletic kids because they are able to exercise their minds.

Activity in Every Season

Even in the hot summer or cold winter, indoor rock climbing is an activity that kids can enjoy all year. Sometimes children are unable to participate in outdoor sports because certain conditions that they may have. Climbing is that alternative sport that allows children to stay active without having to worry about the weather conditions.

Non-competitive

The great thing about rock climbing is the fact that it’s not always a competitive sport (although it can be if a child wants to pursue competition climbing teams). Although there are other climbers in the gym, climbing is a sport where each person competes with themselves. Children learn to set goals in climbing, and once that’s achieved, that is a boost in confidence and self-esteem. By making goals and learning to stick to it, children learn perseverance.

Social Skills


Although climbers are competing with themselves, children also learn to socialize with other climbers. Kids learn that it is important to trust their instructors and each other, and climbers tend to learn from each other and teach fellow climbers. Kids also learn how to take responsibility and watch out for others. As children work together with others and even family members who climb with them, they develop close relationships and bonds.

Climbing for Children with Disabilities
Discussed in all of the reasons above is why climbing is great for children with disabilities. Rock climbing improves balance and hand-eye coordination and it improves gross and fine motor skills. Climbing is great for physical and mental development, as well as social skills. Children who are paraplegic and are amputees can also take part in climbing because there are climbing devices that will assist them in their climb. Blind climbers are also able to partake because they can rely on touch and communication to navigate through their climb. Climbing also helps children with learning disabilities because as they exceed in climbing and reach their goals, they will gain self-confidence.




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