Roller Skating & Exercise

Written by laura derrington
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  • Introduction

    Roller Skating & Exercise

    Roller-skating is considered one of the best aerobic exercises for improving heart and lung health. It also works virtually all the muscles of the body with less impact than running. Children and teenagers enjoy roller-skating because it allows them to socialise with others and have fun. In-line skating, or rollerblading, produces excellent health benefits when practised safely.

    Skating is great exercise. (skating for health image by Kevin Chesson from

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    Total Body Workout

    When you roller skate, you exercise almost all of the body's muscles, with your heart getting the bulk of the workout. The American Heart Association includes roller-skating as one of the vigorous exercises best suited to improving cardiovascular fitness. For overall health benefits, burnt calories, reduced body fat and improved leg strength, roller-skating produces the same results as running.

    Roller-skating is easy on the joints. (roller 6 image by Nathalie P from

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    Weight Loss

    A person weighing 64.9 Kilogram will burn approximately 330 calories in 60 minutes when roller-skating at a moderate pace. By increasing the intensity and skating vigorously, that same person will burn up to 590 calories an hour. At any pace, swinging your arms as you skate will increase the intensity of your workout.

    Moderate skating burns calories. (inline skate. image by Saskia Massink from

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    Staying Motivated

    Many people drop out of regular fitness programs because of boredom or because they tire of exercising alone. When you roller skate, you usually are surrounded by many other skaters who are at the skating rink to have fun, make friends and enjoy the experience.

    Roller-skating is fun. (the girl on roller skates image by Indigo Fish from

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    Keeping Kids Fit

    Children today need special incentives to put down the video games and computers and get in shape. Roller-skating attracts children and teenagers because while they are exercising, they also are socialising with others their age and enjoying fun music in a lively atmosphere.

    Children love to skate. (Ã fond ! image by christophe denis from

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    In-Line Skating

    When you are in-line skating, your joints absorb up to 50 per cent less of the shock received when running. Your hamstring muscles get stronger, and your upper arms and shoulders also benefit when you vigorously swing your arms. In-line skating requires a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards.

    Always wear a helmet. (protected fun image by Cherry-Merry from

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