Body Fat Recution
Muscle groups used
Primary muscles: quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, hip adductors and hip abductors (gluteal muscles, tensor fasciae latae). Assistance muscles: erector spinae, abdominals and obliques
Approximately 0.054 Calories per minute per pound of body weight!!
Roller skating is a great activity which can be effective in improving cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular endurance. It requires relatively good balance and coordination. Roller skating can be done with either traditional roller skates which have two sets of side-by-side wheels on each skate, or the newer in-line skates which have wheels lined up one behind the other, or "in-line". It is necessary to learn the basics of skating including turning and stopping and to wear protective gear to avoid possible injury.
Roller Skating Warnings
Remember to consult a physician before engaging in this activity if you have had problems in the past with your knees, lower back, hips/pelvis, or ankles.
Roller Skating Risks
Muscle strains of groin or calf
Ankle, knee, shoulder, lower back, elbow or wrist sprains from falls or collisions
Bruises, cuts, or lacerations from falling
Roller Skating Equipment required
Skates: different wheels for different terrains, single wheel or double; serious skaters usually purchase boots and wheels separately; in-line skates, commonly referred to as rollerblades, are very popular today
Protective gear includes helmets, knee and elbow pads and gloves
Roller Skating Applicable substitutions
Nordic (cross country) skiing
Roller Skating Reference sources, organizations and publications