How Many Calories Does Skating Burn?

Updated April 17, 2017

According to the American Council on Exercise, skating is beneficial for cardiovascular development, weight loss and strengthening muscles and connective tissues around the ankles, knees and hips. Although in-line skating and roller skating are similar concepts, in-line skating, also known as rollerblading, burns more calories per hour than regular roller skating. A person who weighs 68 Kilogram burns 816 calories per hour rollerblading. However, that same person burns 476 calories per hour when he roller skates. Smaller individuals burn fewer calories. For example, a person weighing 54.4 Kilogram burns 381 calories during an hour of roller skating. One who weighs 81.6 Kilogram burns 572 calories during that time period.

Ice Skating

One hour of ice skating burns about as many calories as jogging, but is lower impact--although falls are always a possibility. Protective gear for elbows and knees can help prevent injuries from slips and falls. A person who weighs 54.4 Kilogram will burn 381 calories in one hour of ice skating. A person weighing 81.6 Kilogram burns 572 calories in an hour of skating.

Competitive and Speed Skating

Any sport can be made more intense, and therefore can burn more calories, by increasing speed. A 120-pound person will burn 816 calories if she spent a whole hour speed skating. If she spends fifteen minutes speed skating, she will burn 272 calories. Somebody who weighs 81.6 Kilogram will burn over 1,000 calories in an hour of competitive skating--1,225 calories to be exact. In 15 minutes, that same person will burn just over 400 calories. Striving for a combination of speed and leisurely skating is invigorating and will increase aerobic endurance, as well as burn more calories than maintaining a slower pace. Increase intensity for short periods of time to start off with, alternating with a rest period. As your body becomes more fit, add longer periods of time skating at higher speeds.

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Ruth Taylor is a teacher and a freelance writer. She has been writing for years, but only recently started freelancing. Her articles have appeared in Livestrong, eHow and other websites. In college she majored in Spanish and graduated summa cum laude with a M.A.T. in teaching a second language. She has taught both in high school and elementary school.