Ever gotten bored of your usual jogging or cycling routine? Ever thought of trying out in-line skating but worried about the risks? Evolved from roller skating, inline skating is also commonly known as rollerblading (from the brand Rollerblade), which we will use interchangeably here. It offers a host of positive health benefits, so let’s take a look at some of them.
From an anaerobically perspective, inline skating beats both running and cycling in terms of its benefits. Mainly because it is easier and more natural for building hip and thigh muscles that are not developed in the other two forms of exercise. Inline skating develops hamstring muscles.
Balance and control is necessary to maintain an upright position thereby using the upper leg muscles, buttocks, hips, and lower back muscles. This requires physical strength and endurance, so it helps build up all the major muscle fibers.
Inline skating was found to be a better aerobic workout than cycling, because you can always stop pedaling on a bicycle to continue cruising. However, it is not as good as jogging, because it is not possible to cruise when you’re jogging.
Cardio exercises like rollerblading burn more calories than exercises like planking or weight training. It is definitely an effective calorie-burning workout that can help maintain your body weight.
Low Impact Exercise
Unlike running, inline skating is a low-impact activity. According to a study conducted by the University of Massachusetts, compared to running, it causes less than 50% of the impact shock to joints, showing that inline skating is less harmful to the joints.
Rollerblading is generally one of the best alternatives for a low-impact cardio workout. The foot-to-ground impact is kept to a minimum, since you do not have to lift your skates very high to skate, this could improve your knee health and prevent high impact injuries. Generally, inline skating places less stress on your joints and muscles.
Just like the first time you learn how to ride a bicycle, one of the greatest joys of inline skating is when you are finally able to balance without help and start cruising smoothly along with your fellow skaters and cyclists. So much so that it does not feel like a workout.
Though it takes a bit of practice in the beginning if you have not tried it, it greatly improves your flexibility and motor coordination skills after. The activity forces you to find your center of gravity to maintain balance and once you get past that stage, you will feel that it improves your coordination even during your everyday activities.
The repetitive nature of skating and creating the momentum to start cruising helps you stay in the present and improve your focus. You’ll notice some skaters getting in the zone by listening to some music while cruising, not only because there is something therapeutic about it, but also because it helps to clear their mind.
There you have it! There are a lot more benefits to inline skating, but the first step is to remove the fear of falling and getting psyched to enjoy learning.
If you have not tried skating before, and finally found the courage to do so, do check out our experience “Introduction to rollerblading” by our Pally Jennifer Chong, as she brings you through this ultimate fun experience! Have all the essential safety accessories, like a helmet, butt pads, knee pads and wrist guards, since you are almost certainly going to take a few bums along the way. However before you know it, or start counting the number of falls, you could be on your way to becoming a rollerblading expert.
Let us know how did your first experience with inline skating go?