How many calories can you burn when you do rollerblading? Well, it all depends on intensity. That is the bottom line. There is no shortage of online resources that would tell you a certain calorie count that you would burn, but it all depends on how intense you go.
For example, a 160-pound person is supposed to burn 913 calories if you are going at an average pace. This does not really tell you much of anything. What constitutes “average”? What is the average pace for all people? It really blows the mind because it is almost subjective because it can vary from person to person and situation to situation.
The better approach would be seriously to focus on intensity. Just how much are you pushing yourself? Are you pushing yourself to the limit? Are you doing rollerblading as a high-intensity interval training option? Or are you just skating leisurely? These very different situations, of course, lead to extremely distinctive levels of calorie burn rate.
Beware of Faulty Calorie Guidance
As you probably already know, the only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than you burn in any given day. In other words, your calorie intake must be below your normal metabolic rate so your body achieves a negative calorie intake. Why is negative calorie intake very important? Well, if you are taking in fewer calories, then your body is going to have to look for that energy. Pretty straightforward, very simple. Actually, it is common sense. You are operating on a calorie or energy deficit.
Now, where would your body get that energy? Well, first of all, it would try to burn fat. Since you are not a plant, your body stores energy in the form of fat instead of sugar. This fat serves a purpose.
Mother Nature did not give you the ability to get fat because she has nothing else better to do. She has not a say to this. She does not get off on loading people up with a nice extra layer of blubber in their mid-sections just for giggles. No, you get fat or you have the ability to get fat because it is your body’s energy storage system. In any given day, your body requires calories.
Three things could happen to those calories. First, some of those calories will get burned. This is called excess metabolism. The more sedentary you are the less excess metabolism you have. The second option is waste. Those calories basically just flow through you, and you do not have to worry about them. The third option is when your body turns those calories into fat.
If you eat fat, your body does not have to work too much to turn that fat intake into stored fat. Now if you eat calories in the form of sugar, your body has to work with your liver to turn some of those sugar calories into fat around your mid-section. Are you with me so far?
Now, if you want to lose weight, you need to achieve a net negative calorie intake so your body starts burning fat. When it does this, it is burning stored energy source. Of course, when this happens, you become lighter. That is all you need to focus on: it is all about achieving a net negative calorie intake.
There are three ways to do this. I have already covered the first way which is simply to eat less. As you probably already know, if you have ever been on a diet or two, this is easier said than done. I can decide to lose weight starting today, but I can almost guarantee you that I will be back eating the same amount of calories in no time flat. The way you eat, the way you think about food and the way your relationship with food is set up, is as much a function of habit as it is of active and conscious decision making. A lot of people are clueless regarding this, and so they think that they just need to go on a diet and somehow, magically, all that fat would go away. I wish it was that easy.
The second approach is simply to move around more. If you eat the same amount of calories but you increased your physical activity, your body is going to be burning more calories throughout the day. Again, this is easier said than done. You probably would be able to manage hitting the gym consistently for a month but after that, you are going to be very sporadic until you reach a point where you just stop.
This is why gyms are making money like nobody’s business. They are like banks with weight racks. Seriously. They overbook and knowing full well that a large chunk of those people that seem so excited about using the gym will stop going to the gym after a few months. That is just the reality. Still, if you want to lose weight, you can either eat less or exercise more.
What is the third option? The third option should not be a surprise. It involves doing both. This is actually the ideal and fastest way to lose weight. You not only eat less, but you work out more. The rate at which your body turns fat into energy increases tremendously. Now, what does this all have to do with rollerblading and calorie burn rate? Well, it all depends on your intensity and your exercise style.
How Do You Work Out while Rollerblading?
When you rollerblade, you work out your calves and your lower back. You also exercise your butt and your hamstrings. This is all well and good because you start creating microscopic tears in the muscles of that part of your body, and these microscopic tears actually require a lot more calories to repair and maintain. You create scar tissue that, in fact, eats up more oxygen, which leads to your body needing more energy. The end result here is reality quite positive.
This is actually something that you should be excited about if you are a very big fan of rollerblading. Rollerblading enables you to lose weight in two ways. First, you lose weight while you are engaging in cardiovascular exercise, rolling around in a skating rink or on a flat surface. When you do that, you are pumping blood to your body. You are also breathing rapidly, and this increases the rate at which your body burns calories while you are exercising. Of course, you are moving around, and you are working certain muscle groups, and they burn calories.
However, this is not the end of your calorie burn rate bonanza. When you are resting, the fact that you have put a tremendous amount of pressure on your lower body means that muscle mass has to be maintained. On a passive basis, your lower muscle mass, we are talking about your butt, your quads, your thighs, so on and so forth, need more calories. This is the good news. You are burning more calories on a passive level simply because you exercised earlier in the day or earlier in the week.
Keep this in mind when trying to determine how much calories you will burn when rollerblading because it all depends on intensity. If you are going crazy on your rollerblades, and you are hitting 30 miles per hour, you can bet that you are burning way more than calories than somebody who is just casually strolling along, talking to people, enjoying the scenery and having a great old time. There really is no specific answer. It is all contextual. So, pay attention to your weight, how fast you are going, how intensive your workout is and the kind of rollerblades you are using. All these factors play a role in your total overall calorie burn rate profile.