Rock climbing is surging in Singapore. As of May 2017, it seems that our tiny island city has about at least 10 rock climbing and bouldering gyms, a lot more compared to what was available just a good 3 years ago when I first started.
And it is not surprising – it is to cater to the growing demand and interest in climbing as a recreational sport, from 20,000 about 6 years ago to 50,000+ till date, according to the Singapore Mountaineering Federation (SMF).
With the influx of climbing available, rock climbing gyms are also aware of the necessary precautions needed to ensure the safety of their climbers, from young toddlers to beginner climbers just coming to give this activity a go.
But one trend we see growing is – more kids starting rock climbing. And why is it so?
Perhaps we should dive deeper into why this is a perfect activity for the inactive ipad addicted Singaporean kid these days.
Benefits of Rock Climbing for Kids and Adults:
1. Work that Body + Brain
Rock climbing is one of the most holistic sports/ activities you can find around Singapore. Being such a good workout, it engages not just the limbs movements, stronger core as well as..sharper brain development as you have to think and work your way up the rock wall.
2. Rid the gadgets, get active
Playground for the monkey within all of us. Have we forgotten how we use to be fearless and curious as kids. Well, the best way to enhance that part of your child but pulling him/ her away from their iPad videos, Pokemon Go, and get that young body moving. If they ain’t moving when they are young, what would they be like when they hit your age?!
Where are the Climbing gyms in Singapore?
3. Mental Growth and determination
YES..Everyone needs to train this aspect of their mind, and it should start young! Mental capacity/ strength is very helpful to overcome many challenges/ mental blocks as you get older. While you climb, you are forced to focus and clear all distractions from your head to reach your next step. So forget those tuition classes, bring them out to scale some rocks too.
And once they grow older, they can decide if they want to explore the great outdoors and bring climbing to a whole new level beyond what we envision ourselves to do when we were young.