There is something very refreshing about the mental and physical challenges associated with climbing that compliment a day job lived in the abstract. The rock is real, the goal is fixed. You need a combination of mental awareness, physical strength, dexterity, technique and a lot perseverance to succeed. Confidence
increases, because success to solve the problem and climb the route it all comes down to the individual. No one is there to help you and it comes down to how well you execute the sequence of movements required to accomplish the climb.
Even though you’re alone on the wall there is a constant community
in collaboration in climbing. Beta
is exchanged and technique is discussed, not to mention the cheering on of those below you to push on!
In climbing, just like life, you can’t see the entire path, but through proper training and techniques, you learn to trust that when the time comes, you will be able to successfully navigate whatever the challenge is. This statement is true whether it’s on the rock or in the office; we must be prepared for adversity and confident that we can rise to the challenge.
“From a physical standpoint it’s incredible exercise, but some of the best tidings I get from climbing are what I would define as spiritual,” Cedar Wright, team climber with The North Face, writer, and filmmaker, tells The Huffington Post.
“From a mental standpoint, climbing is an amazing teacher, instilling focus, balance, determination and a whole … a host of valuable life skills.”
For all of us at Cliff Hanger Academy, rock climbing is not simply getting up a piece of rock, it’s a process and lifestyle that teaches us how to consistently adapt, build self-reliance and crush everyday challenges.
Snowboarding is well known to stimulate the brain in a variety of other ways such as increasing the production of cells in the hippocampus
, which is responsible for memory and learning as well as boosting creativity
for up to two hours
afterward. Snowboarding/exercising outdoors helps improve memory
, boost creativity
and wake your brain up with the same effect
as drinking a cup of coffee and may even decrease symptoms of ADHD