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Fitness Skating
The Health Benefits of Skating

Fitness Skating

The term “Fitness Skating” is defined as skating for the specific purpose of
improving ones physical and mental fitness. Henceforth I will use the term;
“Fitness Skating” when discussing the extraordinary opportunities fitness
skating offers to improve a person’s physical and mental fitness. Let’s start
by examining some of the physical fitness aspects of fitness skating.

Physical Benefits of Fitness Skating

Aerobic Benefits:
You can achieve a superior cardiovascular workout while fitness skating.
With fitness skating, you will experience all of the outstanding aerobic
benefits of running or jogging, without the pounding associated with
running and jogging; this is a big plus for a lot of people. The absence of
this pounding makes fitness skating far less stressful on your knees and
other joints. You can significantly increase the intensity of the aerobic
benefits of fitness skating by continually swinging your arms in concert
with your legs. To attain the maximum aerobic workout, it is worth noting
that you must keep moving; coasting will diminish the cardio benefits that
can be gained from fitness skating. The two types of skating that offers the
best fitness skating opportunities are inline skating and ice skating.

Lose Weight:
Fitness skating provides for an unbelievable weight lose opportunity. The
key to losing weight by fitness skating is time, distance and continual
skating. When talking about time I am referring to how much time you spend
fitness skating per day or week. Can you lose weight by skating 30 minutes
a day three times a week? Yes, but imagine how much more weight you
could lose if you skate 100 minutes a day, three or four times a week.

When referring to distance, I am talking about how far you fitness skate. If
you are taking 30 minutes to go one mile then you will likely not lose any
weight - but the upside is that your wheels or blades will last forever! In
order to maximize your weight loss potential while fitness skating, you have
to travel some distance. If you are fortunate enough to have access to a
place where you can consistently skate - determine the distance, and time
yourself as you skate that distance, then always try to beat your time. For
example, skate for 5 miles without stopping and time yourself. Take a short
break, then turn around and time yourself coming back. Each time you
skate using this route, try to beat the previous times.

Finally, let’s discuss continual skating. When I refer to continual skating, I
am talking about fitness skating without stopping. Unfortunately, if you are
inline skating, you may have to stop to cross roads, or maneuver around
other obstacles, but aside from these unavoidable stops, you need to keep
moving. At first you may not be able to go very far without stopping, but don’
t worry about it. If you are persistent, in time, you will be able to travel great
distances without stopping. Don’t be in a hurry. Take your time and start out
slowly as you work on expanding your time, distance, and ability fitness
skate continually.

Fitness skating provides a superior method for building a person’s
endurance. The key to building endurance through fitness skating is to
maintain a constant and steady pace, over a period of time, and over a
specific distance. You cannot build up much endurance if you are only
traveling short distances before stopping. With that said, start out with short
distances and increase the distance over time. The same holds true for the
time you spend fitness skating. If you only spend 15 minutes fitness skating
a couple of times a week, you will probably not see an increase in your
endurance. With that said, remember - build your endurance slowly.

Muscle Toning:
Fitness skating provides an excellent method for toning your muscles. The
major muscles worked when fitness skating are the legs - specifically the
quadriceps and hamstrings. However, your entire body will benefit
particularly your lower back and abs. How does it help the abs? The
abdominals' purpose is to work in concert with the many muscles in the
back to allow us to walk upright. For comparison, the next time you pet a cat
or dog you will notice their abdominal wall is distinctly non-muscular with
almost no muscle definition. This is a direct result of them not walking
upright. Contrastingly, they have significant muscle mass in their shoulders
and hunches, which is exactly what you need to walk on all fours. Knowing
this fact, it should be obvious that the best exercises for abs are those that
involve upright movement and fitness skating definitely meets this criteria.

Mental Benefits of Fitness Skating

Fitness skating can do wonders when it comes to increasing your mental
fitness. Fitness skating offers a significant opportunity to engage in a
physical activity that gives you a break from life’s daily stressor's. This
break from these day to day stressor's can go a long way in making life’s
problems not seem so overwhelming. Fitness skating cannot change the
circumstances in your life, but it can help you better deal with those
circumstances. If fitness skating outdoors, you will be exposed to fresh air
and hopefully sunshine. In today’s society, most people spend too much
time indoors. Outside fitness skating offers an escape from the daily
(indoor) grind, and provides the fresh air and sunshine that your body and
mind needs.

For children and adults alike, fitness skating can increase a person’s self-
confidence by strengthening their mental and physical condition.
Physically, fitness skating is an activity that requires body control and
balance. For some people body control and balance will come naturally and
be relatively easy. For others, these aspects may be more challenging and
require an increased level of determination and commitment. Regardless of
which category you are in, fitness skating can increase your self-
confidence as you become a proficient skater.

Increased Mental Control:
Fitness skating also requires good mental control (alertness, awareness,
ability to react) to adjust to various circumstances and to the surroundings.
If you spend time fitness skating each week, whether you are new to
skating or a long time skater, you will be challenged mentally. Overcoming
these challenges (rocks, ruts, hills, curves, cars, sidewalks, other skaters,
bicycles, etc) will be easier for some, and more challenging for others, but
again everyone can benefit from the increased level of mental control.

Speed Skating:
Finally, you have speed skating which is an outstanding method of fitness
skating. Speed skating is basically racing against other skaters, or the clock
on inline or ice skates. Inline and ice speed skating provides the skater a
truly superior cardiovascular workout. Please make note that you don't
have to speed skate competitively, or even race someone else to enjoy the
outstanding physical results that can be gained from speed skating. Find a
place where you can consistently and safely skate at higher than normal
speeds, and you can experience an exhilarating fitness skating workout!

Information Taken From:
Skate Zone