Spring is coming. It is time to dust off the rollerblades. Did you know that inline skating can be more beneficial than running or cycling? All three exercises provide aerobic benefits. Yet, inline skating is superior in anaerobic benefits.
The body depends on oxygen for energy during aerobic exercises such as running, cycling and skating. During anaerobic activities such as weight lifting and resistance training, the body relies on energy sources stored in muscles. Inline skating has a superior anaerobic function as it allows muscles to strengthen at a comfortable pace.
Because inline skating is a low impact exercise, it is easier to build hip, glutes , leg and hamstring muscles. Running is a better aerobic workout, but is harder on the joints and feet. Inline skating is a more effective work out than cycling. Cyclists can coast while pedaling whereas it is impossible to coast while skating. All three forms of exercise produce a heart rate of 148 beats per minute.
With 30 minutes of continuous skating, up to 285 calories are burned. Cycling and running for 30 minutes burn around 350 calories. Still, inline skating has a50% less shock impact on the body than running, and builds more lower body muscles than cycling.
Before each inline skating activity, the major muscles of the body should be stretched for 5 minutes. Skaters should begin slowly for 5 minutes then build speed. As usual, the faster you skate the more calories are burned. Unless you are a speed skater, skating is best enjoyed for 20 minutes at a moderate, comfortable pace.
For safety reasons, you may need to purchase a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. Stay fit and have fun!