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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.