If you’re looking for a fun way to mix up your fitness regime this year, then bouldering might be the perfect activity for you. Indoor bouldering has skyrocketed in popularity recently: you can do it regardless of the weather, it’s a great full body workout, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun.
Similar to rock-climbing, bouldering involves climbing over walls following a marked-out route. There are no ropes involved in bouldering, however the walls are lower, and the floor is covered with protective mats in the case of a fall.
You don’t need anything to start bouldering. Climbing shoes and chalk are available for hire at indoor bouldering centres, and most of the time you won’t require instruction before getting started. Just get climbing!
Bouldering is so much fun that it’s easy to forget how much of an effective total body workout it is. It works the arms, legs and core and is a great mental workout also. Bouldering requires concentrating on your route, problem-solving, and lots of focus. It’s a fun way to challenge yourself and is a rewarding activity both mentally and physically.