Whether you’re ice skating, roller skating or inline skating, there are tremendous health benefits you can get. The weight loss benefit is actually quite obvious. You see, if you want to lose weight, you have to do one of three things. Either you reduce the amount of calories you eat every day, or you increase the amount of physical activities you do. Ideally, you should do both.
The reason why any of these three activities produce weight loss is that you create a net negative calorie intake. When the human body achieves a net negative calorie intake, there is less calories coming in and too many calories going out.
Your body, you have to understand, is a calorie burning machine. It always requires energy to do any kind of activity. In fact, reading this blog post burns up your calories. Seriously. You’re breathing while you’re reading, you also walk around during the day, your blood is pumping, everything that your body does requires calories.
Calories are the fuel for your body. Now, when there is not enough calories coming in, to compensate for the calories that your body requires for daily operations, your body starts burning muscle or fat. Your body actually treats muscle as a stored form of energy. Fat, on the other hand, is intentionally created by your body to store energy.
The result is when you eat less or you work out more or you do both, you create a net negative calorie intake and your body has to compensate for that “lost” energy. Then when your body burns fat or muscles, you lose weight. Pretty straightforward, not really that big of a mystery. This is why a lot of people look to cardiovascular exercise for weight loss or to stay in shape.
Roller Skating is Great for Cardio-respiratory or Endurance Exercises
If you’re looking for physical activity that can help you burn up a lot of calories, you can’t go wrong with roller skating. Whether you are doing ice skating, rollerblading or regular roller skating, you can engage in enough physical activity to burn calories. The best part to all of this is that skating is a lot of fun. You probably don’t need me to remind you of this.
Whether you skate on an ice rink or you skate in a park or even in an indoor arena, skating is a lot of fun. You’re out there, there is a nice breeze, you meet people, it’s a great way to experience the outdoors, you are exposed to a lot of sunlight, there’s all sorts of thing going on. It is also a great way to explore nature, if you are lucky enough to live in an area with really nice trails.
Just How Much Calories Can You Burn?
Depending on how long you skate and how intensively you skate, different muscle tension is created and this leads as well as different internal heat levels are generated. This all leads to a variation in calorie burn rate. According to analysis of relatively casual or average skating exercise, the calorie burn rate ranges from 330 to around 600 calories per hour. This is a nice calorie burn rate, especially if you pair it with reduced calorie intake. Why is this a big deal?
Well, the typical North American man generally requires 3,000 calories to stay at the same weight or increase weight. So if you were to reduce your calorie intake and increase your calorie burn rate by 600 calories per hour, you can experience weight loss. Of course you have to keep this up for your waistline to get smaller, but there is a tremendous weight loss opportunity here.
Other Health Benefits
Besides weight loss, skating can also help you increase muscle flexibility and strength. It requires lower body strength, particularly your leg areas, to propel yourself at a high rate of speed using roller skates, rollerblades, or ice skates. You have to coordinate the different parts of your body, namely your calves, your feet, your legs and even your hips to maximize balance as well as increase and maintain speed.
Increased Balance and Agility
If you are doing rollerblading, you can increase agility by maximizing your hand-eye coordination. This is very important because most people live sedentary lifestyles. Usually, people just sit 8 hours behind a desk, staring at a screen.
Whether the screen is a smartphone or a tablet or a laptop or a desktop computer, it doesn’t really matter. People are sitting for long stretches of time. When you are skating, you not only are burning calories, but you are also increasing your agility and balance and hand-eye coordination. You’re not achieving any of that when you’re just staring at a screen for 8 hour stretches.
Aerobic Exercise That is Easy on Your Joints
A lot of people love running and there is a lot to recommend when it comes to running. The problem with running is that they’re murder on your joints. If you’ve run quite a bit in the past, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Joint pain is not a joke, especially as you get older. To work around this, a lot of people try to get their cardiovascular exercise by swimming or doing low impact exercises.
One great way to do low impact exercise that also burns up a lot of calories is to simply strap on some skates and skate around. You can get your nice 330 to 600 calorie per hour daily burn without crushing your joints.
When you’re younger, joint punishment is not an issue. You’re young enough so it repairs quickly and you don’t even feel it. But as you get older, as you get near the age of 50 or you’re past the age of 50, you can definitely feel the punishment that your joints are taking on every single day.
Roller Skating is Fun and Easy
Another reason why you might want to consider skating for health reasons is that it’s fun and easy to skate. This is especially true if you’re using roller skates because this enables you to achieve balance much easier.
Also, you are moving around in an outdoor area and you are able to cover a large area. Accordingly, you put in a lot more effort than biking while at the same time enjoying the great outdoors. You mix fun, ease and exploration while you boost your overall calorie burn rate. If you’re looking for a fun, easy and a relatively low impact way to boost your overall health, you definitely need to look into skating.