Roller skating and roller blading are excellent forms of cardiovascular exercise. Cardiovascular exercise is any physical activity that raises the heart rate and keeps it elevated for the duration of the exercise. Cardiovascular – or aerobic – exercises benefit the heart and lungs, burn calories and promote fat-loss. A minimum of 20 minutes of aerobic exercise, performed three times a week, is recommended for a healthy lifestyle.
Besides the caloric expenditure, skating and blading also tone the lower body. The pushing-off, maneuvering and stopping actions give the leg muscles a major workout. The abdominal muscles are also strengthened because they are used to maintain balance and to support the skating motion. Exercising with skates is useful for promoting fitness in a relatively short time.
Roller skating and roller blading are much kinder to the knees and other joints than running because jarring impacts are not a constant part of the sport. Yes, special moves may be undertaken that create impact, but they are not necessary for the enjoyment of the sport.
Roller skating and roller blading can play an important role in physical fitness for adults. It is also a terrific way to encourage children to get involved in aerobic exercise. Skating and inline skating are such a great source of fun that children do not even consider them exercise. Children are more inclined to commit to activities that they enjoy, rather than exercises that feel forced.
There are many different brands of roller skates and roller blades, and they are available in a number of price ranges. Nevertheless, as with any sport, it is important to purchase quality gear: Gear that is both durable and comfortable. In addition, children – especially smaller ones – should wear helmets to protect their heads if they fall.
Families can undertake either of the two forms of skating together, improving their health, teaching children healthy habits and creating warm and wonderful memories. Now that school is out for the summer, there is no better time to reach for the roller skates or roller blades and hit Galaxy Roller Rink in Groton CT! Make it the fittest summer yet – and the most fun!