today need all the help they can get to stay in shape and live a healthy
lifestyle. Roller skating is a great way for them to get some exercise,
all while doing what kids like to do more than anything in the world -
hang out with friends and listen to cool music. Roller skating is making
a come back among the tween and teen market because it is fun. What kids
may not realize is that while they are socializing with their friends
on skates, the activity itself is better than running the same distance.
many years, the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness, as well
as the American Heart Association, have recognized roller skating among
the best overall aerobic exercises, involving all the bodys muscles,
including the heart. Now that the activity is making a come back and is
deemed "cool", more teens can enjoy the health benefits of skating
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low-carb and other diet plans sweeping the nation, experts agree that
regular exercise is an essential part of an overall fitness plan that
contributes to weight loss and general health. Skating is a great way
to get this recommended exercise. Consider:
- Roller skating
is equivalent to jogging in terms of health benefits, calorie burning,
reduction of body fat and leg strength development.
- Just one hour
of moderate roller skating (6 mph) burns 330 calories for a 143-pound
person. If that same person skates vigorously (10 mph), he or she will
burn up to 590 calories an hour!
- According to a
study at the University of Massachusetts, skating causes less than 50
percent of the impact shock to joint compared to running
- 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 recognized and recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA)
as an aerobic fitness sport.
- The number of
calories burned per hour while skating at 6 mph is 350 and 600 while
skating at 10 mph.
- 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, skating as a form of exercise is as beneficial
as running or cycling. (Information from International Inline Skating
- During a 30-minute
period, on the average, skating at a steady, comfortable rate expends
285 calories and produces a heart rate of 148 beats per minute.
While roller skating
is an effective low-impact aerobic exercise, many athletes also point
to skating as a strength exercise. For example, the March 2, 2004 edition
of the Indianapolis Star quotes 2004 NBA Slam Dunk champion Fred Jones
connecting roller skating with his incredible vertical leap. According
to the Star, Jones developed the strong leg muscles and learned some of
the acrobatics that helped him win the NBA slam dunk title from his days
on skates while growing up in Arkansas and Oregon.
I was younger, my parents used to take me to the skating rink at least
twice a week. All the time I spent on skates strengthened my legs and
helped develop my leaping ability." Jones said.
skating provides a wonderful way to stay in shape and makes for a stronger
and better body. The bonus is that the skating center is open for exercise
no matter what the weather conditions are like outdoors.
us at Roller Kingdom today for fun and fitness.