The Summer Guide to Skating

Roller BladingIf you’ve ever been on a beach boardwalk in the summer, you’re bound to see a few pairs of rollerblades. Rollerblading is a great way to get out in the sunshine and shed a few pounds while doin’ it! What most people don’t know is that rollerbladin’ actually burns more calories per hour than jogging! Good thing for you, yer favorite caveman Scratch is here to give ya the low-down on this great summer exercise!

Rollerblading, or inline skating, is a great way to get involved in a fitness activity that improves both yer body and your mind. If you’ve got a pair lyin’ around the house, it’s definitely time to dust ’em off and lace ’em up!

Inline skating is a great aerobic activity for people of all ages. If you skate regularly, there are six key health benefits that you’ll be getting:

– Muscle endurance and strength will improve

– Flexibility will increase

– Calories will be burned

– Cardio and respiratory endurance will increase

– Balance and coordination will improve

– Mental connectivity and connectivity will improve

These are benefits that no Rockhead should live without!

Though ya may not know it, inline skating actually provides better aerobic benefits when compared to running and gives ya a better cardiovascular workout than stair-stepping. Accordin’ to the Mayo Clinic, a 160-lb person can burn 913 calories in a single hour of rollerblading. In contrast, that same person will only burn 584 calories jogging for that hour or 277 calories walking for a similar time period. That’s some serious calorie cuttin’ that’s sure to make yer waistline very happy.

Since most people find rollerblading more enjoyable than just running, you’re more likely to stick with it and let your exercise sessions run longer. That means more time burnin’ more calories – sounds good to me! The smooth, low impact nature of rollerbladin’ also means that it generates about half of the impact shock to joints, ligaments, and tendons that running creates.

Rollerblading is also perfect for people who want to tone up a little before they hit the beach. The side-to-side movement is perfect for targeting your inner thighs, glutes, hamstrings, and calves.

So get out there and skate your way to a beach-ready bod!

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