Benefits of Skating
- Roller skating receives high marks from the American Heart Association and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness as an aerobic activity on a par with jogging and cycling, with 50% less impact on your joints than running.
- Roller skating is a workout that involves almost all of the body’s muscles, especially the heart. It is great for muscle strength and toning throughout the legs, glutes, abdomen, and obliques.
- An average 150 lb. person can burn close to 600 calories an hour skating 10 m.p.h. Even at a more common 6 m.p.h., an average person will burn 350 or more calories.
- Roller skating is a great way to improve and maintain your balance. Honing your balance skills reduces your risk for falls in daily life. This is an especially important consideration as you age.
- Because skating is a fun activity, with lights, music, and socializing, you are less likely to quit from boredom. Frequency and consistency are keys to maximizing the benefits of any physical fitness activity, and making it fun—like with rollerskating—means you are more likely to stick with it.
- Skating is a lifelong activity that can be done by the whole family in any season. It is mentally uplifting and encourages a positive outlook.