Whether you like to rollerblade, roller skate, or ice skate–the news is good! Skating has many health and fitness benefits to keep you in shape and feeling great. And in the dead of winter, there are many indoor options for skating so that you can stay safe and fit during the bitter, cold months.
Here are 7 Health Benefits of Skating:
Burns Calories: The calorie-burning benefits of roller skating add up quickly; you can burn between 300 and 600 calories if you skate for a full hour. An average-sized man who weighs around 190 pounds can expect to burn about 10 calories each minute of roller skating, while an average-sized woman weighing 163 pounds can expect to burn about 9 calories per minute.
Works the legs and arms: Skating works the legs and glutes as you power through movement, while your arms and core get a workout as you balance your body during the movement. Skating also helps build strength, especially in the muscles of the lower body. Stronger muscles and better coordination work together to prevent injuries and keep you active and limber as you age.
Easy on the joints: Skating provides you with fluid motion that keeps you from damaging your joints. According to a study conducted at the University of Massachusetts, skating causes less than 50 percent of the impact shock to joints compared to running. In other words, an aerobic skating workout has the same benefit as the same amount of time spent jogging, only without the joint damage.
Great for improving balance, agility and coordination: Skating helps improve balance with the strength of abdominal and lower-back muscles, since you must maintain a steady core to stay upright. Coordinating balance and leg movement improves coordination.
Strengthen the heart: The American Heart Association recognizes roller skating as an effective aerobic exercise that helps strengthen the heart. Moderate roller skating increases a skater’s heart rate to levels ranging from 140 to 160 beats per minute, while skating at top speeds can increase heart rate up to around 180 beats per minute.
Improve endurance: In addition to increasing muscle strength, skating can help increase muscle endurance. Adding a few uphill climbs to each skating session trains your muscles, along with your cardiovascular system, to use the body’s energy stores more efficiently. This means you can skate longer distances – and do other intense workouts – without becoming exhausted.
Good for mood: Have you ever seen a person skating and frowning at the same time? Of course not! Between the music, lights, sunlight, social aspect, health benefits and fun, skating can be a very fun workout!
This winter, when the days are long, cold, and dark, think about hitting your local skating rink for some fitness fun. Your body with thank you for it!