Rollerskating: Keeping Your Heart Happy in More Ways Than One

We’ve all heard that rollerskating has it’s health benefits, but do you REALLY know just how good those laps around the rink are for you? Skating has fantastic aerobic and cardiovascular benefits that’s not known to many. Your favorite childhood activity could be your heart and joints’ saving grace.

Benefits of Skating

According to Dr. Carl Foster, associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, skating as a form of exercise is as beneficial as running or cycling. The best part about it? With skating there’s no padding shorts needed for cycling.

• Roller skating is equal to jogging in terms of health benefits and calorie consumption, strength happy heartdevelopment, and reduction of body fat.

• Did you know? Roller skating is recognized AND recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) as an aerobic fitness sport.

• A mere hour of brisk roller skating burns 330 calories for a roughly 140-pound person. If that same person were to roller skate vigorously, he/she will burn up to 590 calories in a one hour!

• Skating at 6 mph burns 350 calories while skating at 10 mph burns 600.

• Skating at a steady, comfortable rate for a period of 30 minutes expends 285 calories and produces a heart rate of ~148 beats per minute.

• A study conducted at the University of Massachusetts determined in-line skating causes less than 50 percent of the impact shock to joints compared to running.

•Want to get the all the benefits aerobics can offer? Roller skate one day, bicycle another, and swim or run on another.

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