Fitness on Wheels

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“If dancing is how angels walk, then skating is how angels dance.” This quote by Alan Kreigsman is way beyond than just a piece of wisdom. Though roller skating has been replaced by various other pastimes of sports and leisure but it has very interesting history to its name. People have tied knots on roller skates. The first recorded marriage on roller skates took place in 1912 in Milwaukee between Miss Hattie Baldwin and Mr W. McGrath, according to the National Museum of Roller Skating and, yes, there is a National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln, Nebraska. Roller Skating has made jobs as monotonous as serving food extremely enjoyable. Since the 1960s, skating carhops have made an exquisite sight at the restaurants. Roller skating carhops still exist today, and the Sonic restaurant chain hosts an annual event called the Sonic Skate-Off, a competition to find the most skilful skating carhop from its 3,500 drive-ins nationwide. Now that your minds have been painted with leisurely colours of roller skating, it is time now to unveil its little dark colour which we all choose to ignore for the effort it demands – fitness. Following are the not so cliché benefits of this unconventional sport.

1. Calorie burning was not fun until Now
As you glide through the skating rink, you do not realize how much you are helping your body amongst the fun you’re having. In the World of Fast and Furious, skating creates a wonderful aura of fun, enjoyment for the skater which keeps him moving. And if it’s accompanied with cheering friends and music, it surely becomes irresistible. According to the Roller Skating International, skating helps encourage weight loss. An average-sized man who weighs around 190 pounds can expect to burn about 10 calories each minute of roller skating, while and average-sized woman weighing 163 pounds can expect to burn about 9 calories per minute. Cumulatively, you can burn between 300 and 600 calories if you skate for a full hour.

2. Full of Heart
A Happy Heart is the way to be. And if something gets you this happy heart, it’s surely worth the effort. Studies have shown that roller skating provides a complete aerobic workout and involves all of the body’s muscles, especially the heart. It is recognized and recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) as an aerobic fitness sport. During a 30-minute period, on the average, skating at a steady, comfortable rate produces a heart rate of 148 beats per minute.
3. “Muscular Muscles”
The effort one sows in roller skating helps reap sweet fruit. The thigh, hip, butt and calf muscles work together during skating to propel the skater forward and maintain balance. Stronger muscles and better coordination work together to prevent injuries and keep one active and limber with age. Just as one swings arms partially while jogging or running, same is the case with roller skating except that it involves full arms swinging back and forth. This exercise helps coordinate arms with the body enhancing faster movements and strengthening muscles even further.
4. Easy Adaptability
Skating is a versatile sport for all ages. For a beginner at exercising or someone who is returning to exercise after a time toll, skating is a boon. It helps one exercise at a desired or acceptable pace. It trains the muscles to use the body’s energy very calculatedly. So one doesn’t get exhausted too soon unlike other modes of exercising. With gradual practices, one can build up on speed and time length of skating. For the obese, these strong wheels can handle a lot of weight and make exercising simpler & fun.

5. Joint Friendly
According to a study by the University of Massachusetts, roller skating causes as much as 50% less impact on joints than stress exercises like running. Running enthusiasts, gymnasts need to learn on the impact such exercises can place on knees and the damage they can lead to. The C-shaped meniscal cartilage in the knee is spongy — like the nose or ear. It helps stabilize the thigh bone on top of the shin bone, and provides cushioning as one runs, jumps or walks. But over time, the meniscal cartilage can wear down and lose its sponginess, and thus not absorb as much shock. The bones then pound on each other harder, and from that friction, arthritis develops and worsens. Skating can check on such a condition and provide the same benefit along with more fun.

To make roller skating able to work for your benefits, you have closely watch what you eat and drink. Adjust your eating habits enabling lower calorie intake. Avoid those extra calories by cutting back on junk food, alcohol, sodas, wafers and other food which you feel like munching as soon as you see them shutting your eyes to their ill – benefits. However, I agree that these words are easier said than done but I also have a way out which is mindful nutrition. Mindful Nutrition is all about paying cent percent attention to eating, focussing on the textures, tastes, flavours of food, place of eating etc. Also, many studies have revealed if you write down you daily eating habits, you tend to drop the bad ones. Such practices make you feel caressed and nourished by the food you intake, leading your way to choosing the food which make you feel better and not worse. So, without adieu, Start Skating!

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