Rollerblading: Your Underrated Summer Cardio
Looking for something to spice up your workout this summer? Or maybe are
you’re in need of another family fun activity to keep your kids active? If either of
these are the case, try rollerblading.
Learning to roller blade is like learning to ride a bike. It gives you a sense of
accomplishment and an increase in self confidence, which is not only great for kids
but adults as well.
Here are a few reasons why rollerblading is a great option for your next workout,
as well as a few important safety reminders.
Rollerblading, otherwise known as inline skating, is a type of low impact aerobic
exercise. Low impact exercises such as rollerblading, swimming and yoga can be
beneficial alternative to jogging for someone who has joint problems or is just
looking for a new cardio routine.
Full benefits from rollerblading occur when your keep your body low while
continuously making strides, not just coasting. Bend your knees and lower your
upper body to intensify the workout. If you want to take it even further, try
interval blading. This is when you go as fast as you can and then slow down to a
manageable pace, repeating this process for several sets. This movement acts as a
HIIT (high-intensity interval training) exercise that can help with toning in shorter
work out sessions.
While rollerblading, you are working your core and lower back muscles, which
helps strengthen your balance and coordination skills. If you have kids, teaching
your children how to roller blade at an early age helps develop these skills much
like ice skating or skiing do.
Try to find moderately smooth paths to blade before you begin. Rough streets not
only feel uncomfortable but can cause harm to your wheels. Sticks and rocks can
get lodged in the wheel frame and can immediately constrict movement that will
make you fall.
Not to worry! There are plenty of places with paths made for this type of activity.
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