Benefits Of Inline Skating
Once considered a passing fad, inline skating is now here to
stay. While sales have plateaued, industry figures show about
100,000 pairs of inline skates are still being sold every year
in Great Britain.
While teens & young male adults took to it first, the sport
has caught on with 25 to 50 year olds in the last five years.
Large numbers of women are taking up this sport. Inline skating
has also become very popular among both male & female
It is inexpensive & accessible & it is a great
opportunity to get outside to get some exercise. Not a lot of
planning is involved. You can slip on your inline skates &
be skating in a matter of just minutes! Another added benefit is
that it can be done either in groups or alone. Recreational
inline skating makes for a great social outing with friends, or
it provides an individual with an escape should she or he need
some time alone to relax & reflect.
Enthusiasts Really Get A Good Workout?
skating is an increasingly popular sport, but do enthusiasts
really get a good workout? Yes, say researchers, who found that
inline skating can provide the same level of aerobic activity as
running. Their study of 20 experienced inline skaters, 10 men
& 10 women with an average age of 25, pitted 15 minutes of
inline skating against 15 minutes of jogging outdoors. Testing
was done on two separate days during July & August in
America. Participants wore identical pairs of inline skates. The
inline skating phase caused the heart rate to accelerate to the
same levels as jogging did.
"These levels are considered sufficient to promote a
cardiovascular training effect," report Edward L. Melanson
& his colleagues in the February issue of Medicine &
Science in Sports & Exercise, the journal of the American
College of Sports Medicine.
Previous studies showed mixed results for inline skating. Some
researchers found that inline skating could provide good aerobic
benefits, but only at dangerously high speeds. This most recent
study, however, found participants did not need to skate at high
speeds to get the aerobic benefits. Previous studies found that
inline skating could provide a more rigorous aerobic workout
than running on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike. But
researchers also observed that suggested benefits could diminish
over time as the participants grew more proficient at skating.
This study, which was sponsored by Rollerblade is the first to
test inline skating outdoors against running. "These
results suggest that an appropriate cardiovascular training
effect may be achieved with inline skating in individuals of
varying levels of fitness & skating ability".
Skating Calories Burned Per Minute
uptake, heart rate & blood rate were measured in
eleven volunteers, all competent inline skaters, during
four different workouts: running, cycling, 30 minutes of
steady inline skating & an incremental inline skating
workout, in which the participants skated one mile four
times at progressively increasing velocities, paced by a
bicycle. Results of the study are as follows:
During a 30 minute period: On the average, inline skating at a
steady comfortable rate expends 285 calories &
produces a heart rate of 148 beats per minute.
skating, (alternating one minute of hard skating in a tuck
position with one minute of easy skating in an upright
position) expends 450 calories in 30 minutes.
& cycling expend 350 & 360 calories respectively, at
a heart rate of 148 beats per minute.
general, the faster/harder one skates, the faster one burns
Aerobic tests measure how the heart & the lungs work
skating was found to be a better aerobic workout than
cycling, but not as good as running. This is because it is
easier to coast while cycling than while skating &
impossible to coast while running.
skaters can increase their aerobic workout by skating harder
or skating uphill. (NOTE: Skaters should master speed
control for skating downhill prior to engaging in an uphill
Anaerobic benefits determine how well a workout strengthens
& develops muscles. In general, a person who is working out
wants to burn fat, not muscle. Studies show that women who use
diet only to reduce weight may lose 40 percent of their weight
from muscle tissue.
inline skating was found to be more beneficial than both
running & cycling, because it is intrinsically easier
& more natural for building hip & thigh muscles that
are not developed in the other two forms of exercise. Unlike
cycling, inline skating develops hamstring muscles, &
unlike running, inline skating is a low-impact activity.
separate study conducted at the Human Performance Laboratory
at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota found that inline
skating develops muscles in the entire upper leg, rear end
& hip, as well as the lower back. Muscles in the upper
arms & shoulders are also developed when arms are swung
vigorously while skating.
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