Whether you’re looking to get that bikini body or that awesome Greek god like body for the summer, inline skating is one of your best options. Now, don’t get me wrong. You can always try running. If you ever tried your hand at running, you’ll know that it can be quite heavy on you joints. This is not a secret. This is very easy to observe.
If you’re younger, then running is not a problem. It’s a very high impact activity which requires a lot of focus and stamina. If you have the discipline, then running is the way to go. Also, you can maximize the intensity level of your running so you can maximize the amount of calories you burn without spending a long time running. You don’t necessarily have to run the marathon to lose all those extra pounds.
With that said, if you are a little bit older, and I’m talking about past the age of 30, the impact on your joints as well as other bodily systems can be a bit too hard. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to give up on running altogether but you might want to balance it out or you might want to do it in a controlled environment like a treadmill in a gym.
Well, whenever were talking about any kind of gym, your cost goes up because the last time I checked, gyms are not exactly free. This is why it’s really important to consider low impact forms of getting in shape. If you are looking to shed those pesky extra pounds around your mid-section so you can fit in that amazing two piece bikini or those great swimming trunks, it’s really important to make sure that you engage in an activity that burns a lot of calories in a short period of time without putting too much stress on your system.
It might seem like I’m asking for a lot. I mean, can you imagine working out in such a way that you burn a lot of calories without running your body down? A lot of people are under the assumption that if you really want a real workout where you’re sweaty and panting and chasing after your breath and burning a lot of calories, you necessarily have to go through a tough time.
This is a very common misconception thankfully, it’s not true. You can burn quite a bit of calories in a relatively short period of time by simply doing high intensity interval training. In the space of 15 minutes, you can burn the same amount of calories as you would if you ran a fairly short race. That’s how effective HIIT can be.
Now, with that said, it’s also important to note that there are other lower impact exercises you can do. For example, inline skating isn’t murder on your joints. Also, you get to work out a lot of muscle parts when you do inline skating. We’re not just talking about your lower body like your legs. You also work out your butt, your thighs, your calves, as well as your feet. You get a nice overall lower body workout in addition to your hips.
Sounds pretty good right? If you’re looking for a great way to lose weight that also packs a lot of additional benefits, you need to take a long hard look at inline skating. It just might be the exercise activity that you need to get in shape for summer without over straining your body.
The great thing about inline skating is that you get to exercise in a low impact way. You don’t put too much strain on your body. On top of this, you do this in an outdoor setting. You get to move around, you get to enjoy outdoor scenery.
In many cases, you get to hang out with other people who are also into inline skating. When you see a group of people in rollerblades, it’s a great social activity. You can talk while at the same time working out. It’s a lot of fun.
Also, if you are a solitary type or someone who likes to contemplate, you can skate by yourself and enjoy the scenery by yourself. This is a great way to do some waking meditation. A lot of people think that to meditate, you have to be all by yourself in an enclosed room and you have to shut your eyes. Obviously, you can’t shut your eyes while skating but you can also achieve a meditative mental state.
That’s all meditation is. It’s a mental state where you relieve yourself of a lot of stress by simply focusing on one set of stimuli at a time. You enable your mind to focus on the present moment. You are able to fine tune your attention to what’s playing out in front of your eyes at any given moment. This leads to a tremendous sense of inner calm and inner peace. You can definitely achieve this when doing inline skating.
Great Way to Get Air
Another big benefit of inline skating in addition to helping you burn calories is that it’s a great way to get air. According to many research studies, the quality of the air that you breathe actually plays a major role in the quality of your brain function. You are able to make better decisions. You are able to achieve better emotions state as well as achieve a long range of other benefits by simply breathing in more air.
Now, this is a little bit tricky because the best way to breathe is not actually the short hurried breathing that we are all familiar with. Instead, long deep breathing, where you breathe into your abdomen is the best form of breathing.
Of course, not everybody has that luxury because you have to be able to do this in a relaxed state of mind. You have to be able to do this without stress. You can’t do this in a very enclosed setting where there are a lot of deadlines and people are putting all sorts of pressures on you. You have to do this pretty much on your own.
This is a great benefit in inline skating because you can practice this type of deep breathing while focusing on the scene playing out in front of you. You do waking meditation paired with purposeful breathing. This increases the likelihood that you burn a lot of calories while achieving inner peace and also maximizing the oxygen content of your blood. Talk about a triple win. Talk about getting many different benefits from the same activity. If you think that this package of benefits is awesome enough, wait, there’s more.
Enjoy the Terrain
Another great benefit of roller skating in addition to calorie burning, contemplation, and the health benefits of deep breathing, is the fact that you get to enjoy the terrain of your local area. You’d be surprised to find out that a lot of Americans actually have not bothered to scour the district that they live in.
I know this sounds crazy. In fact, they are more likely to have traveled to the Grand Canyon or the Statue of Liberty in New York than they are to have known their own backyards. I know it sounds improbable. It sounds outlandish but it’s true.
When you are rollerblading, you quickly run out of familiar territory so you explore and it goes a long way in helping you learn and become familiar with your own backyard and your immediate geographic space like the back of your hand. Of course, familiarity leads to a greater psychical space and belonging.