Breathing Techniques for Climbing
Breathing is an essential bodily function to survive and holds high importance while rock climbing. To breathe correctly plays an important role in rock climbing as it delivers the oxygen into your body that is required to keep up you metabolism processes. There are various breathing techniques and methods involved to help you have a pleasant rock climbing experience. It has psychological effects, like it helps you calm down and focus better with improved concentration.
Perform Deep Breathing before and after Every Climb
Breathing before climbing is warming up your lungs for the activity. This will also help you in determining a comfortable pace and rate that you can maintain even while climbing. Deep breathing before the climb assists you to calm your anxiety and keep your mind clear to plan the route.
Taking deep breaths after a climb will help your body cool down and regulate your heartbeats. This is the best way to relax your body especially after a strenuous rock climbing session.
Breathe to Relax while Climbing
Learning to maintain a uniform pace of breathing is one of the most important breathing techniques. Remember to find your breath after each and every move to ensure that your body has enough oxygen. Avoid looking up or down and breathe, focusing at a point right in front of you to keep the anxiety at bay.
Make Smart Movements while Climbing
A steady pace of breathing will help you improve your climbing technique. It will make your moves and climb smoother and easier. So make sure you plan your movements in such a way that it lets you find breath in between to keep you focused.
Maintain Rhythm and Momentum
Often climbers tend to hold their breath while facing a problem rather than breathing steadily. It is very important to maintain the same rhythm of breathing when you climb so that your body is not deprived of oxygen. Regular supply of oxygen will also ensure that you have sufficient energy to complete the rock climbing.
Change Speed Based on Difficulty
A climber often changes the speed of climbing and breathing according to the problem. You might go faster in the easy areas and may move slow while forgetting to breathe across difficult holds and edges. It is crucial that you find your pace before you make any movement. It is advised to inhale and focus on the hold while planning, and exhale when executing the move. The best time to practice breathing at different pace to find a comfortable rhythm is while warming up.
Your rock climbing experience can be more pleasant if you learn breathing techniques and remember to perform them. Finding your right pace of breathing will take some time but you will get it eventually and get better with practice.