Bouldering isn’t just a cool workout!

Bouldering isn’t just a cool workout!

... it’s also a great tool against depression

Posted on 05.06.2017

Bouldering is a great strength and fat-burning workout. Clambering over a rock-climbing wall without a harness is a lot of fun. The brightly coloured bouldering gyms make for a great Instagram photo. And as an added bonus, the sport might also be a great treatment for depression.

Hospitals in Germany are using bouldering as a form of therapy, prompting psychologists to test how effective the hipster hobby is for mental health.

Researchers Eva-Maria Stelzer and Katharina Luttenberger, respectively from the University of Arizona and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, gathered more than 100 bouldering patients and split them into two groups.

The first group immediately started bouldering for three hours a week for eight weeks, while the second group had to wait to begin the intervention. Over the course of the study (which ran 24 weeks all up), all participants were also taught about positive social interactions, meditation, and mindfulness.

Over the time, both groups’ depression symptoms were scored using a number of standard tests. And while both groups’ average scores improved, the bouldering group improved more than four times more than the non-boulderers — enough for their depression levels to be reclassified from moderate to mild.

According to the researchers, bouldering is uniquely suited to countering rumination — a common part of depression where individuals turn the same thoughts over and over in their heads.

“You have to be mindful and focused on the moment [while bouldering],” said Stelzer, who presented the findings at the Association for Psychological Science Convention last weekend, in a statement.

“It does not leave much room to let your mind wonder on things that may be going on in your life — you have to focus on not falling.”

Source
Coach (nine.com.aau)

 

Share

LikeFollow

Have a story to tell or news to share?

Let us know by Submitting a News Story

Discover Queensland

Explore all of Queensland’s adventures.

Start Exploring

What's On

Nov

25

Volunteer with BeachCare – Currumbin

Come and help us celebrate Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday March 6th!
Read more

Nov

26

Basic Remote Area First Aid Course

The minimum qualification for leading groups in the outdoors
Read more

Dec

03

International Day of People with Disability

Celebrate International Day of People with Disability and make a positive change to the lives of 4.3 million Australians with disability.
Read more

Latest News

Noosa a World Surfing Reserve

Sunshine Coast's Noosa surf breaks declared World Surfing Reserve

Read more
Running on a High

parkrun and personal well-being

Read more
MTBA Awarded NSO Recognition

Mountain Bike Australia has been officially recognised as a National Sporting Organisation

Read more

Become a member

QORF welcomes applications for new Community and Green Circle Members from organisations and individuals involved in the outdoors

Learn More