Rollerblading for Strength

by Mackenzie M. | April 4th, 2013 | Lower Body, Strength Training

skatesWhile many perceive that rollerblading is simply a fun activity to do during kid’s birthday parties or social events, it is actually a great exercise for those looking to build core strength in their lower body. Not only is it an easy exercise to complete, it is extremely effective in building up leg strength and stamina. After a few weeks of rollerblading, you will surely notice a reduction in weight and a build up of leg strength. This exercise is relatively cheap to complete, as it only requires rollerblades and the appropriate safety pads. Rollerblading is a fun exercise that offers plenty of positive health benefits.

To begin, rollerblading can be a little bit different than your experience at the roller rink in middle school. Rollerblades can be fast, making for a fantastic workout. Much like ice skating, rollerblades work every lower body muscle from the feet on up to the glutes. Remember the burn after rollerblading for a few hours as a kid? As an adult, this is the desired burn to maintain weight and build up leg strength and stamina.

Rollerblading has actually been proven to be more beneficial than jogging or other lower body exercises. According to the Mayo Clinic, a 160 pound person can burn up to 913 calories per hour while rollerblading at a consistent pace. This is contrasted to burning only 584 calories jogging at five miles per hour for an hour. Not only is rollerblading great for burning calories, it is just plain fun.
Imagine whizzing down the street to the tunes of your favorite workout songs instead of lagging behind while running on a treadmill. Rollerblading simply does not feel like a workout. The exercise requires safety accessories like a helmet, kneepads, and wrist guards, but it does not require any expensive exercise machines or fitness DVDs. Practice makes perfect in the world of rollerblading, where falls and scrapes are the norm for beginners; however, after a few days of rollerblading, you will be well on your way to building muscle strength. While the muscles will be sore for a day or two after the first few rollerblading regimens, the soreness will become less noticeable with further practice.

Besides maintaining weight and being tons of fun, rollerblading is actually one of the best alternative exercises available. Where jogging on hard pavement can actually be damaging for the knees and other joints, rollerblading is considered a low impact exercise that will not damage these joints. Moreover, rollerblading also helps to refine balance and control, as it uses all of the major muscle groups in the lower body. This is great for increasing your range of motion without an intense physical workout.

For a great lower body workout without the stress on joints, simply switch out a few aerobic exercises with a rollerblading excursion down your favorite street or paved path.

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