The Who, What, Where, When & Why of my fitness regime
This week’s post was born of two things. My extensive skating background, and my love of the Venice Boardwalk.
Last summer I skated from Marina Del Rey, all the way to Santa Monica, for a distance of approximately 4 miles.
This year, I went back to the beach with Steve Prue, to take some shots in my new Blonde Locks bikini.
Since I’d trekked my skates all the way back to CA, I took the opportunity to get a quick work-out in, by skating my fave boardwalk!
Here are the fitness facts on Roller Skating:
*Skating is equivalent to jogging in terms of health benefits, calorie burning, reduction of body fat and leg strength development, but is significantly lower impact. Thus making it a valuable option for anyone suffering from shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, or knee injuries.
*In-line and roller skating cause less than 50 percent of the impact shock to joints, compared to running.
*In just one hour of moderate roller skating, the average woman (5’5″/ 130 lbs) can burn up to 350 calories an hour.
(Use a Calorie counter to figure out the burn rate for your height and weight.)
*Roller Skating is an effective aerobic exercise, and when included in cross training programs, helps stimulate the buttocks, quadriceps, and lower-back muscles. Additionally you can improve core strength by drawing the belly button into the spine, and consciously engaging the abdominals, while thrusting the legs back to push.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Skating is a big part of why I look the way I do. Whether it’s on the ice, or on the boardwalk, it is a terrific work-out, and a lot of fun too!
Do you love it?!?