|Can you get to the top?|
Did you know that Dr. Yoho is an avid outdoorsman?
One of his favorite activities is rock climbing. He has been climbing for most of his life, mastering the tough skill during his sabbatical from medical school at age 22. He has climbed many peaks in the western US. But Yosemite is the place he loves most. He has climbed Half Dome (El Capitan) four times. Two of those climbs were: the Northwest Face in 18 hours (2004), and the "Nose” route in less than 24 hours (2005).
Dr.Yoho is interested in more than medical procedures. He has always had an interest in fitness and nutrition. He takes a holistic approach to his own activity and to the health of his patients. He recommends good diet and exercise. He also believes that psychological health is as important as physical health.
Rock climbing is actually great mental exercise, in addition to being great physical exercise. It requires lots of focus to get the techniques right. And for most people, there is an element of fear involved in clinging to a wall high off the ground. Overcoming this fear and literally reaching for the top can be a big mood-booster and confidence-builder.
When people think of rock climbing, they often assume that the activity is all about upper body strength. But in fact, it is one of the best full-body exercises around, requiring lots of involvement of the legs, core, and back in addition to the arms and chest. It is also an accessible activity. Even non-adventure types can take advantage of climbing walls in gyms. Many community centers and sporting stores offer instructions for beginners. Taking classes is a good idea, because rock climbing is intensively technical, although you might be surprised at how quickly you can pick up the basics.
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