We are in the midst of winter but Monday the temperature was nearly 50 degrees. My friend and I decided to get outside and enjoy this warm weather with a 7.22 mile roller blading workout. Here in Indy, we have to take advantage of every sun-filled day that we are given. I always find that during the winter months my workout routines get boring being stuck inside at a gym.
If you haven’t ever been on a pair of rollerblades, and your last experience with shoes with wheels was roller skating at your local rink in 8th grade, then it’s time to give this activity another chance. Rollerblading can be an extremely intense workout, but just like with bike riding, it will mostly just feel like fun!
Health benefits of rollerblading:
Improves Coordination: Rollerblading takes a bit of practice in the beginning, but it improves flexibility and coordination tenfold. The activity forces you to even out your balance and find your center of gravity.
Great Cardio: rollerblading increases the heart rate and gets your lungs working, both components in aerobic exercise. Rollerblading for 30 minutes at a steady pace raises the average heart rate to 148 beats each minute.
Good for Weightloss: Thirty minutes of steady skating at a comfortable pace burns between 210 and 311 calories, while 30 minutes of interval skating burns up to 450 calories!
Firms the Lower Body: The natural side-to-side motion your legs get from inline skating is ideal for trimming the thighs, strengthening the quads, and lifting the glutes.
Low Impact Exercise: Exchanging a couple of aerobic workouts every week with rollerblading could improve your knee health and prevent injuries.
Fun: Rollerblading with a companion can enhance the fun.
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