Calories burned and muscles used while rollerskating.


Rollerskating, or inline skating, is a great exercise it’s physically challenging but also fun. An intense workout on your roller blades can burn almost as many calories as running. Rollerskating also provides an excellent core workout because of the balance required. We want to show you how many calories burned and muscles used while rollerskating. Let’s start. 

1. Variables

As with any exercise, the amount of calories you burn depends on your body weight and the efficiency and intensity of the exercise. Calories are burned faster the more you weigh, the he faster you go and the more technical the terrain (involving hills and a lot of turns).
In rollerblading, a 140-pound person going 7.5 mph burns about 300 calories in an hour. This speed is appropriate for a beginner, and as a beginning you will burn more because you are not efficient at the movement. As you become more skilled, you have to skate harder and faster to burn more calories.
A more advanced participant of the same weight might go 16 mph and could burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour–but keeping that pace for an hour is extremely challenging.

2. Muscles Used
Rollerskating involves the whole body. The muscles in the shins, thighs, buttocks, abdomen and arms must all work to control and propel the body. The more muscles involved, the greater the calories burned. Build long, powerful leg strides and pump your arms front to back (rather than side-to-side) to burn more calories. The abdomen must work to keep you balanced and to guide your body during turns and stops. This build-up of core strength helps you stand taller, feel fitter and perform any athletic activity better.

3. Mix Up Your Routine
Alternating between high-intensity exercise and recovery is a great way to increase your calorie expenditure. A steady skating session might burn 400 calories per hour, but if you alternate between that pace and super-high speeds, you can amp up your burn by 10 percent to 25 percent.
You also can focus on your position. Bend deeply at the knees like a speed skater and swing your arms front to back. The power of your arm and leg strokes increases your speed and your calorie burn. You may have seen some skaters draw an hourglass while skating. This move, called the swizzle, is a fundamental move in inline skating fitness videos and ramps up the intensity of your routine. You can also scorch calories by performing skill drills such as crossovers, hopping, one-footed slaloms and backward skating.

4. Versus Other Exercises
The action of skating keeps your shins, thighs and hips activated almost constantly, unlike running and cycling. Although almost comparable to running in terms of calories burned, rollerblading affords time for coasting. Since rollerblading puts less wear and tear on your joints, it might be a more sustainable activity.

5. Fitness Rollerblading
If you are just learning to rollerskate, become very familiar with the brake to prevent lots of falls. As you become more advanced, classes, videos and books can assist you in creating challenging and different routines. Stick to it: Regular rollerblading burns a lot of calories and helps build a fit, toned body.

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Written by Raven Inline Skates