The way rollerblades are designed, they can achieve a high rate of speed. This is especially true if you are rollerblading on a surface that has an incline. When you are skating on an incline, you have the added benefit of gravity.
It’s not unusual for people to reach 35 miles per hour, 50 miles per hour, or even around 70 miles per hour if the incline is steep enough. Of course, once you reach very high rates of speed and you’re going down a steep surface, it’s easy to get scared because the faster you go, the less you can control your movements and the less maneuverability you have at your disposal.
Still, you can achieve a high rate of speed while skating and this is why a lot of people are looking at rollerblading as a form of cardiovascular exercise. They look at it as one viable workout option. If you are looking to burn carbs using rollerblading, keep the following in mind.
The Essence of Weight Loss
The essence of weight loss is actually quite simple. You have to achieve a net negative calorie intake. What that means is that your body reaches a state where it has less calories coming in than the calories that it’s burning up. And one of the ways to do this, of course, is to eat less.
But this is not that easy. It’s very easy to feel like you’re depriving yourself. It’s very easy to feel that you’re being left behind because you’re not eating as much as you used to. There are all sorts of psychological hurdles to just slowing down or reducing or even changing your diet. It’s not as straightforward as many people claim.
The other approach is to simply eat the same amount, but to burn more calories. In other words, increase your level of physical activity. This is where exercise comes in. People looking to do speed skating or long distance inline skating are trying to achieve this. They are trying to increase the amount of calories that they burn in a single day by simply doing cardiovascular exercise.
So how exactly does rollerblading impact weight loss? Well, when you do rollerblading workouts, you exercise certain muscles and they require increased level of calories. You also breathe a lot. These short breaths actually burn calories and if you work out long enough and with a high enough intensity level, this can lead to quite a substantial calorie burn rate. To maximize your calorie burn rate, here are some rollerblading workout tips and tricks you should consider.
Don’t Eat Before You Work Out
Do yourself a big favor, if you’re going to be rollerblading to work out, do not eat a heavy meal. You would not want to get sick and nauseous while you are doing rollerblading. That’s precisely what you’re setting yourself up for if you eat a heavy meal like a lot of pizza or hotdogs right before your skating session.
It’s a good idea to maybe eat light food like pieces of veggies or slices of fruits. It’s also a good idea to rollerblade a few hours after a heavy meal. By that point in time, your stomach contents would have settled, you would have digested the stuff that you ate, and you’re feeling a little bit lighter.
It’s really important to do this because you don’t want to skate on a heavy stomach. You feel bloated, you might not find the energy that you’re looking for. Also, you might get sick if you rollerblade too intensively.
Get as Much Space as Possible
Ideally, you should rollerblade using inline skates indoors. A lot of typical rollerblading workout tips and tricks you find on the internet are best implemented in an indoor setting. Why? You get a tremendous amount of control. You control variables when you’re indoors.
One of the two most important variables, of course, is the surface you are skating on, and the air that you are getting. These two are important. When you have a wide open area indoors, with lots of ventilation, the cool air requirement is satisfied.
There is a nice flow of air and you get the oxygen that you need as you boost your body’s internal temperature as well as your calorie burn rate. Cardiovascular exercise often involves aerobic exercise. Meaning, you need oxygen. You need to pump your system with a lot of air to get the calorie burning process going at a high rate.
This is why cool air and a wide open space and great ventilation are awesome. On top of that, you also need to be mindful of the surface. This is why I strongly recommend indoor areas when using skating as a way to burn lots of carbs.
To use skating as a cardiovascular exercise, you need a flat surface because you want to control the surface. You don’t want to be out on the road. Somebody could leave debris there. There might be cracks on the road, the road might be badly repaired, there are all sorts of things that could go wrong, and they all can lead to the same place.
I am, of course, talking about you hitting a crack in the surface and so your balance gets thrown off, you then hit the pavement, you get cut and bruised. Who wants that, right? As much as possible, do speed skating inside an indoor area designed for that activity.
Do a Quick Warm Up
As much as possible, do a quick warm up before you skate. This limbers up your muscles. You are less likely to cramp up. Also, this is a great way to mentally prepare for what you are about to do. This is really important. A little bit of warm up can go a long way. You are able to mentally and physically “center” yourself so you can do a much better job when it comes to your workout.
When Outdoors, Choose Steeper Hills
When you’re outdoors, it’s a good idea to choose hills that are a little bit steeper, but not too steep. You don’t want the hills that are so steep that it’s impossible to achieve any kind of control over your motion. This can lead to fatal consequences. Seriously. This can be bad news.
So do yourself a favor and choose hills that are a little bit steep, so you can achieve a high rate of speed so you can skate for much longer and much farther, but don’t overdo it. A little bit of incline can go a long way, especially if you’re skating against the incline. In other words, you’re skating upwards. This is where a lot of the calorie burning takes place. You’re really not burning all that much calories when you’re going downhill because gravity is doing the heavy lifting.