Roll into a healthy summer

June 27, 2014

My six year old just received his first pair of roller skates. He chose is really cool helmet, knew and elbow pads. We strapped on the skates, slowly walked through the grass over to the drive way and…down on the ground he went. This went on for quite a while. Despite wanting to give up, we kept going. Suddenly, there he went. He was skating. The smile on his face was priceless. Now that’s all he wants to do.

Roller skating is ranked among the best aerobic exercises according to the American Heart Association.  Roller skating is a workout that involves almost all of the body’s muscles and in particular the heart.  Skating also works most of the major muscle groups – glutes, quads, abdomen, calves and arms. The roller skating is equivalent to bicycling and jogging as a cardio workout. I don’t think my six year old has any want to go jogging any time soon.

I personally grew up in a roller rink. I am proud to say that I was pretty good. Race me backwards, watch me do my tricks. Let the disco music come on and watch me groove. Sadly the closest rink to me is about an hour and a half away. We do have a pretty nice hill on my street though. Roller skating is a low impact work out. It is something the whole family can do together.

Just one hour of moderate roller skating burns 330 calories for a 143-pound person. If that same person roller skates vigorously, he or she will burn up to 590 calories in an hour.The positions adopted during skating also help strengthen and build on muscles in the legs, back and abdomen. This is not just an advantage to those wishing to build up their body mass but also serves as an aid to slim fat. Finally, skating is also of course the perfect way to improve one’s balance.

Get a pair for the entire family. Go on little adventures around the neighborhood. A family that rolls together, stays together.


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