Exercising releases endorphins, endorphins make you happy and happiness overcomes sadness! But there is definitely more to the equation when it comes to overcoming depression. Luckily, in a recent study, a fun exercise that incorporates a social scene has been linked to fighting the blues:
Bouldering provides a physical challenge for your body.
Bouldering gets you moving in an organic way and offers a full-body workout. For those who don’t like traditional exercise such as timed increments on a treadmill, bouldering is great because it’s reminiscent of playing on a playground. You simply have to climb from point A to B, and anyone can start attempting the easiest routes.
Bouldering stimulates the mind.
What sets bouldering apart from other sports is the mental aspect — it requires a significant amount of focus, concentration, and coordination. It’s been described to me countless times by many different people as a “moving meditation,” because when you’re climbing a wall, you can’t really focus on much else. It gives people a fun avenue to really tune into themselves and to be present.
Bouldering fosters a strong sense of community.
The most unique aspect of bouldering is the social aspect. While you’re on your own in the movement, you are constantly surrounded by others who are encouraging you to reach your goal. Bouldering fosters a strong sense of community and is similar to group therapy in that participants are encouraged to cheer each other on and help to solve problems on the wall.
Positive social interaction is invaluable, and due to the inherent nature of bouldering, it provides plenty. Bouldering simultaneously allows you to break barriers physically and mentally, which can really transform how a person views themselves. It opens up a world of possibility, so the next time you’re feeling a little blue, give bouldering a shot.