Whether you’re interested in losing weight or just want to feel a little bit stronger, you know one thing for sure:

Working out in a standard gym and spending hours running aimlessly on a treadmill just isn’t for you. 

Instead, you’re much more drawn to adrenaline-based, unconventional workouts that challenge your mind as much as your body. If this sounds like you, then why not give rock climbing a try? 

Not only is it a great way to meet new people and conquer your fears. You also can’t deny the appeal of a rock climber body

The benefits of rock climbing are well worth the sweat and heights. Read on to learn why you should start getting your belay on today. 

Get a Full-Body Workout

Maybe you already have some kind of fitness routine already. 

However, you’ve noticed that whenever you switch things up or try a new class/routine, you’re sore in places that you didn’t even know existed afterward. 

This is the problem with a lot of cardio and even strength training workouts today. They may help you to lose weight and get a few parts of your body in shape, but they totally neglect other areas. 

A rock climbing workout is so effective because it provides total body fitness solutions. It makes sense: after all, you have to engage countless muscles to reach, maneuver, hop, and keep your balance when climbing.

Plus, no two rock surfaces are identical. So, you’ll be forced to use tons of different muscle groups. 

Better Grip Strength

Let’s face it: most of us don’t exactly hit the gym in the hopes of developing a stronger grip. 

But maybe we should. 

Thanks to our increasing reliance on smartphones and other digital communication devices and gaming systems, carpal tunnel syndrome has quickly become one of the top health issues in the country. 

One of the surprising benefits of rock climbing is that it seriously builds your grip strength, preventing both carpal tunnel and arthritis. 

Improved Flexibility

Is rock climbing a good workout for those who want to improve their overall flexibility levels

Absolutely. 

Think about how you’ll have to reach and stretch in order to grab onto that tiny rock you need to propel yourself up. With every wall you climb, you’ll become more flexible. 

This won’t just improve your climbing. 

You’ll also notice less soreness, increased endurance, fewer pulled muscles, and even improved posture. 

The Fun Kind of Cardio

While no one can deny the importance of cardio, it can be tough to motivate yourself to get out there and get it done. 

Rock climbing is cardio for people who hate cardio. You’ll be able to take in the views if you’re climbing outdoors and enjoy the rush of adrenaline and the “runner’s high” you get when you reach the top. 

Think of it as climbing a stair machine. You have to engage your core, your lungs, and vault yourself to the next rock to keep going. That’s certainly one way to get your heart-rate going hard.

Believe it or not, when you go rock climbing, you’ll get the same cardio workout as you would when running an eight-minute mile.

If you’re already a runner, you might want to consider how taking a rock climbing fitness class could help you to improve your mile time. 

It’s a Mental Workout, Too

Every kind of fitness requires you to push yourself mentally and physically — but rock climbing does it in the extreme. 

If you have a fear of heights, saying “yes” to rock climbing can help you to conquer it and improve your self-esteem in the process. 

Climbing also forces you to think logically, planning your next move and constantly looking ahead for rocks and boulders to cling onto. It’s the ultimate strategy game. 

In fact, studies show that rock climbing actually improves brain function. Don’t be surprised if, after a few months of climbing, you’ve noticed that your focus and memory recall have both improved. 

If you’re looking for a natural way to manage your anxiety/stress levels, rock climbing can help you with that, too. This is especially true if you’re able to climb outdoors. 

Many addicts credit rock climbing with helping them to stay clean, though everyone can experience the mental benefits of rock climbing. 

You’ll Make New Friends

Trying out a climbing and bouldering workout won’t just make you stronger and leaner. 

It can also give your social life a boost.

Sites like Climbing Blogger are filled with tips and tricks on how to improve your climbing, where to go to get the best views, and even information about upcoming climbing events and meetings. 

If you’ve moved to a new city or just want to expand your social circle, head to a local indoor climbing gym to make it happen. 

Experience the Benefits of Rock Climbing for Yourself

Now that you know more about the benefits of rock climbing, we’re willing to bet you’re ready to try it out for yourself. 

Call up a few friends and make a day of it. After all, when you’re belaying each other, it’s a great way to build trust in your social circle!

Looking for more unconventional workouts to boost your mind and body

Curious about other ways to improve your flexibility and core strength? 

Ready to plan the ultimate rock climbing vacation? 

Our blog can help with all that and more. Bookmark our page to learn more about how to get more out of every workout. 

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Wearable technology keeps evolving. And it is transforming the way we experience the world. Watches, eyeglasses, rings, bracelets and even smart home devices like the thermostat are changing how we consumer information, monitor our health and use home products. Smart technology has a significant role to play in how people will live in the future.

NEOFECT wants to change how to aid rehabilitation and the provision of clinicial real-time patient data. In an interview with  Scott Kim, Neofect’s co-founder and CEO of the US office, he spoke to us about how he started NEOFECT, the company’s success factors and challenges they have faced in their bid to change physical therapy using online gaming.

Brief summary about your startup

Established in 2010, NEOFECT is a mobile health startup with a vision to deliver an affordable and effective at-home system to aid neuro patients with central nervous system disorders such as a stroke.

Its first product, RAPAEL Smart Glove, combines a wearable device, virtual reality and gamification for rehab exercise, while its software analyzes the data from built-in sensors and provides training tasks based on the patient’s activity level.

The device has been successfully employed by a number of major hospitals in South Korea since December of 2014, and approved for use in the US and Europe. NEOFECT has offices in S. Korea, San Francisco, and Poland.

Why and how it was started

The President of NEOFECT, Ho-Young Ban, experienced first-hand the difficulties faced by stroke patients and their families when his father and two uncles fell victims of stroke.

Although his uncles were fortunate to survive, they had to turn down the rehab therapy because of the costs involved. So, when his friend Young Choi came up with an idea of Rapael, Ban could not resist.

Soon after, their classmate from the University of Virginia’s Darden MBA program Scott Kim joined the team to launch the US operations.

Kim was born with spinal bifida and went through a surgery and a long rehabilitation process, so he immediately recognized the opportunity and became a co-founder and the CEO of the Neofect’s US office.

What has been the biggest success factors

Personal motivation of the founders combined with the latest, most advanced smart technologies have become the major engines behind the company’s success.

– Gamification, which motivates a patient throughout the rehab process. It helps to induce neuroplasticity for hand function of a patient with a brain damage.

Various rehab games are updated monthly and each game targets specific movements such as squeezing the orange for finger flexion/extension and pouring wine for forearm pronation/supination, for example.

– Artificial Intelligence: the software analyzes data from the glove’s sensors and provides training tasks based on the patient’s activity level. The algorithm is designed to enhance learning multiple functions by offering an optimal task at a proper level of difficulty.

– Wearable Device: RAPAEL Smart Glove is a wearable bio-feedback training gadget. Lightweight and designed to fit different hand sizes, it uses the Bluetooth technology to collect the patient’s data.

What are the biggest challenges you have faced launching and running the company?

The biggest challenge was the product’s concept itself. Many people believed that Rapael could be a threat to the therapists. Fortunately, after we launched the program in several hospitals, we’ve been able to prove that our device is designed with the doctors’ and patient’s needs in mind and helps them make the rehabilitation process more efficient.

Which do you think is most important: the right market, the right product, or the right team?

This sounds like a cliché, but the right team is easily the answer to me. With the right people, you can make necessary adjustments based on new information to make sure there is a product-market fit.

My previous job was to lead a team to make mobile apps – without any exception, all great apps loved by users were made by great teams.

Final words for those chasing the startup dream

Never underestimate the importance of execution. Many people waste their time just to validate what they think or others think, or even just to finish the conceptualization.

However, you should “fail fast” in order concentrate your efforts on building a product which has a market demand, and of course, to save time and money as well.

Plus, you should fail while you are small rather than big, if you’re meant to face it. The earlier you do the reality check, the faster you can reach your goal, although it might cost you a couple of failures at the beginning.

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