Health benefits of Roller Skating

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Health benefits of Roller Skating

Skating has grown in popularity with renewed interest in this as a sport and a hobby. Availability of urban spaces favorable for skating as well as ease of access to skating equipments and tutorials through the internet is some of the reasons behind the budding interest. Roller skates have developed into a fun and safe aerobic exercise especially for women. Just like any other form of physical motion, roller skating burns calories and allows you to maintain your physique. But skating will require equipment and proper training before one can use this. Major manufacturers like Riedell, Sure-Grip, GTX, MOXI, QuadLine etc produce custom made skateing equipments for various purposes. These are available in brick and mortar stores as well as online stores like

Some of the major benefits of roller skating includes improvement of leg muscle strength. Similar to running, roller skating improves the ability of the leg muscles to work harder and faster for longer periods of time. Also there is the added benefit of causing very little joint impacts as in the case of running. Continuous jogging for a prolonged period of time causes joint discomforts and medical conditions like arthritis due to the wear and tear. Every variant of skating, be it the recreational skating or highly competitive figure skating, coordination is vital since the movement of arms and legs and the shifting of the weight of the body decide whether you would execute a graceful sweep or fall flat on your face. Such coordination helps people excel in other activities like cycling, boating, dancing, etc. This also helps in improving body posture as the core of the body (the spinal cord and surrounding torso) remains upright and steady even as the limbs move. Roller skating helps in improving endurance as the muscles are constantly in use without being forced into sudden erratic motions. Coupled with improved muscle strength, such endurance improvement allows you to move to more complex and demanding forms of workout should you wish to do so. Medical analysis has found that fast skating takes the heart rate to 180 bpm while slower skating keeps the heart rate between 140 and 160 bpm. Such high bpm, when maintained without any sudden spikes, can strengthen the heart rate significantly and this, in turn, can improve blood circulation to the muscles.

There are different types of skates used for recreational skating. The quad skates which are made of boots mounted on metal frames with two double sets of wheels located in the front and in the back of each skate. The quad skates are usually associated with easy balance and controllability which make them suitable for novice skaters. For those who desire more speed and an ability to roll on uneven surfaces inline skates were designed. It is different from traditional quad skates as it includes placing the four wheels in one line (from which the term “inline” stemmed) and mounting them on hard hockey boots. Care has to be taken to be properly trained before attempting skating as it can be quite dangerous.

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