Remember the days or roller skating your way into the local park, accompanied by friends on their bikes and skateboards? Now there’s no excuse to keep your dusty skates in the garage or in storage anymore!
Recent studies have shown that roller skating is in fact one of the best aerobic exercise for adults and not just for kids and teens. It’s almost as good as jogging or power-walking, and will get your heart pumping and pulse racing as well! So what are you waiting for?
Burn calories fast
Why run when you can skate? Just a 30 minute session is enough to burn off the same amount of calories as if you were running or jogging. The secret is to built up your intervals, and skate on different terrains – roads with a slight incline, and then alternate with a flatter more stable terrain. Just one hour of roller skating a day is enough to burn up to 300 calories.
Tone your legs
One of the best way to keep your legs trim and toned is by roller skating. Since your legs aren’t always in a straight position, the constant bending works your body as if you’re doing a squat – amazing isn’t it!
The weight of the roller skate itself also works as a strengthening exercise since you constantly have to lift and push to move forward. Skating works out traditionally difficult to tone areas such as the upper and inner thighs with ease. The heavier the skates, the better for your leg muscles!
Another great aspect of roller skating is the impact on exercising your joint muscles. These can often loosen up with age and other factors such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Keep your body active with regular exercise, but remember to take it easy and avoid too much too soon. If you’re just starting out, build up your endurance as opposed to skating for one hour and feeling completely exhausted afterwards.
Easy to learn
The last benefit of roller skating (or blading) is that it’s really easy to learn. If you’re just starting out, better stick to roller skates as they are more stable and are easy to manoeuvre. Ever been ice-skating before? You’ll understand that the method is the same, and it’s really simple to pick up, even for beginners.
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