Health Benefits of Roller Skating
Studies have shown that roller skating provides a complete aerobic workout and involves all of the body's muscles, especially the heart. Roller skating is equivalent to jogging in terms of health benefits-caloric consumption, reduction of body fat, and leg strength development. Roller skating is recognized and recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) as an aerobic fitness sport. 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 number of calories burned per hour while skating at 6 mph is 350 and 600 while skating at 10 mph. According to a study conducted at the University of Massachusetts, roller skating causes less than 50 percent of the impact shock to joints compared to running. If someone roller skates one day, bicycles another, and swims or runs on another, the person will be getting all the fitness benefits that aerobics can offer. According to Dr. Carl Foster, associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, roller skating as a form of exercise is as beneficial as running or cycling. During a 30 minute period, on the average, roller skating at a steady, comfortable rate expends 285 calories and produces a heart rate of 148 beats per minute.!
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