Benefits of Inline Skating
Why has inline skating become one of the most popular activities throughout
- Skating is versatile with its many different forms. An inline
skater can choose to be a hockey player, artistic skater, street skater,
speed skater, or recreational/fitness skater.
- Skating is accessible. It does not require a team, a ballpark,
or a bunch of special equipment. All it requires is a pair of skates,
safety equipment, and a hard surface. Most of us can literally skate
right out our front door.
- Skating is inexpensive. A good pair of skates and safety equipment
can be had for under $200. For that price you get several years of fun!
- Skating is good aerobic exercise. According to one study, inline
skaters expend 570 calories per hour, equivalent to bicyclists.
- Skating is low impact. Another study showed that skating causes
half the impact on joints as does running.
- Skating is safe. A 1994 comparison of injury rates in various
sports showed that inline skating ranked number 11 out of 12 sports,
with lower injury rates than common activities such as baseball, basketball,
bicycling, soccer, swimming, and volleyball.
All of these benefits are merely icing on the cake, however, with the cake being that
skating is fun. This is a simple statement but so very powerful. The fact
that skating is fun is why skating feels more like an activity and less
like a workout. It is why for many people putting on your skates to get
out the door is so much easier than lacing up running shoes. It is why
skaters often talk about the "feeling of freedom" that comes
from skating. It is why you are currently a skater - or why you should
take a lesson to become one.