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Improve Your Fitness With Roller Skates

Posted by Jordan Y on

4 Ways Roller Skating Leads To Great Health

First off, if you’re not breaking a sweat then you’re not working hard enough. Secondly, you need to treat your roller skates like a gateway to entertainment; strapping them on should put a smile on your face as if you’re sitting down to watch your favorite tv show.

Spoken from personal experience, roller skating is one of the most fun activities with healthy side effects…compared to a treadmill, jump rope and swimming. The ground beneath you becomes a clear path to explore and you burn calories with every push.

But what are the specific health benefits of roller skating?

Here is a breakdown of the top four benefits of roller skating for fitness that you can pay closer attention to in order to reap the rewards of rolling around. With obesity rates on the rise, read on and start rolling more today!

1. Aerobic

According to the American Heart Association, “Physical activity is anything that makes you move your body and burn calories”. Fortunately, roller skating is a full body workout and you can even take your skates uphill for an extra burn.

Roller Skating:

  • Includes almost every muscle in the body, especially the heart.
  • Releases upper and lower body and mind tension.
  • It’s easy to skate long distances when you’re jamming out to music. An hour passes in a blink of an eye which is twice the recommended dose of daily exercise.
  • Faster speeds greatly improve the hearts ability to pump blood throughout your vascular system.

Knock two birds out with one stone on your roller skates by walking the dog or strolling the baby, however, we highly advise for you to be an experienced skater before trying these.

Download the popular Android and iOS smartphone apps to track your distance and improve your skating.

2. Roller Skates = Weight Loss

Do you wish you still fit into that 90 dollar pair of pants?

The good news is that just an hour of relaxed roller skating at about 6mph burns 330 calories for a 143-pound person. If that same person cranked their speed up a notch to 10 mph, they’d burn up to 600 calories an hour.

For when you feel extra determined, strap on a pair of ankle weights while your skate.

3. Great Value

*You can invest in your health for the next ten years with a one time purchase of roller skates and a helmet. Buying gear is the first step and the rest is a ‘free ride’.

Do away with gym memberships and take your fitness to the streets. Throw some snacks in your book bag and head out for a half hour to an hour each day.

  • If you have a camelback, simply add your favorite protein or flavored powder with water and let your body movement as you skate shake it up.
  • Every hour you skate is an hour spent not spending money.

4. Knee Strength

I tore my ACL and meniscus six years ago playing lacrosse so I turned to roller skating as an alternative to running. Roller skates deliver up to half the impact shock to your knees compared to running. Further more, strong and healthy knees rely on their surrounding muscles which are strengthened by roller skating. Your quadriceps, iliotibial band and the longest muscle in your body called the sartorius muscle are among the most important for knee support.

Remember to not overdo it and stop skating when your body tell you it’s time. Roller skating requires acute attention and you must always be aware of your surroundings.

*Take great care of your gear!

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