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Health Benefits of Roller Skating

Posted Dec 12 2008 1:18pm


Roller skates are devices worn on the feet to enable the wearer to glide along on wheels. Roller skating is the traveling on smooth terrain with roller skates. It is a form of recreation as well as a sport, and can also be a form of transportation. Skates generally come in two basic varieties: quad roller skates and inline skates or blades, though some have experimented with a single-wheeled "quintessence skate" or other variations on the basic skate design.
Health benefits
Studies have shown that roller skating provides a complete aerobic workout and involves all of the body's muscles, especially the heart.

Roller skating is equivalent to jogging in terms of health benefits-caloric consumption, reduction of body fat, and leg strength development.

Roller skating is recognized and recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) as an aerobic fitness sport.

Just one hour of moderate roller skating burns 330 calories for a 143-pound person. If that same person roller skates vigorously, he or she will burn up to 590 calories in an hour.

The number of calories burned per hour while skating at 6 mph is 350 and 600 while skating at 10 mph.

According to a study conducted at the University of Massachusetts, in-line skating causes less than 50 percent of the impact shock to joints compared to running.

If someone roller skates one day, bicycles another, and swims or runs on another, the person will be getting all the fitness benefits that aerobics can offer.

According to Dr. Carl Foster, associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, in-line skating as a form of exercise is as beneficial as running or cycling. (Information from International Inline Skating association)

During a 30-minute period, on the average, in-line skating at a steady, comfortable rate expends 285 calories and produces a heart rate of 148 beats per minute. (Information from International Inline Skating Association )

Regular skating not only burns about 6 calories a minute, or 360 calories an hour, but also turns fat into muscle - a double benefit. For best result, it is recommended that you skate on a regular basis. That's easy to do in our climate controlled facility. Remember that the faster you skate, the more calories you'll burn.

Main health benefits

Turn flab into muscle
Easier to breath
Be able to think more clearly
Have a more positive outlook on life.

Be more physically fit


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