Burns Calories Fast
The Mayo Clinic concluded that a 160 lb individual will burn 913 calories in one hour if they are blading at a decent pace. If an individual weighs in at 240 lbs and rollerblades at the same pace for an hour, they can burn up to 1,363 calories. If you are looking for a kick-start to your weight loss journey but don't have a lot of time to spare this is the perfect way to burn a decent amount of calories in a short amount of time
Great For Your Joints
Study after study suggests that rollerblading is a healthier alternative than running when it comes to your joint health and preservation. In some cases, it has been proven to decrease joint impact shock by up to 50%. A person who is rollerblading at a fast rate to elevate their heart rate will be using more fluid motions that in the long run will maintain the overall health of your ankles and knees. I don't know about you, but I would much rather walk freely than with a walker in my old age!
Blading works and tones your abdominal and back muscles. Without a strong core and back, you can develop balance issues. I can personally feel my balance gradually become worse in the fall and winter. I dread the leaves changing colors because that means this girls blading days are numbered.
There is no need for expensive bike racks! You can easily put your blades, pads, helmet, socks, iPod, and water bottle in a duffel bag in your car for easy access. I love keeping my blades in my trunk so that I can go straight after work.
Full Body Workout
Rollerblading isn't just for leg day! I get a full body workout every time I go rollerblading. As anyone can guess, your glutes and your legs are being worked while you glide around turns and climb hills, but the workout doesn't stop there! Your abdomen and back muscles are being put to work to help you maintain your balance while your arms are working to help propel you to higher speeds.
Blading is one of the most intense muscular workouts you can do. You engage multiple muscle groups in one workout. As you blade, your body builds up endurance to help you propel yourself father for longer amounts of time. It took me half the summer, but last year I was able to complete a 16.9-mile blading session all because of the endurance training I was getting every time I put on my blades
At the end of a long work day, I always look forward to some alone time to meditate and sort through my thoughts. I have had some pretty good heart to hearts with myself while blazing trails. I find it extremely therapeutic just to spend some time outdoors and inside your own head.
It Can A Be Social Thing Too
My father and I are both rollerblading lovers! It's a guaranteed way for me to be able to spend time with him during the week despite our crazy schedules! Now if only I would get my boyfriend to invest in some blades I'd be set!
It Gets You Outside
Why would you workout in a smelly gym when you could be breathing in the fresh outdoor air. Spending time outdoors is good for your mind and your body. Sunlight provides your body with vitamin D. Some studies even suggest being outdoors benefits those with depression.
Speaking of depression, have you ever seen a sad rollerblader? I didn't think so. I can only speak for myself, but rollerblading helps me with my anxiety. For whatever reason my mind slows down, and I don't worry about anything or anyone. It's almost like hitting the restart button on my attitude. I am always in a good mood after a good roller blading session.