Skating Fitness benefits Match Running & Cycling
skating as a form of exercise is as beneficial as running or cycling, according
to Dr. Carl Foster, associate professor of Medicine at the University of
Wisconsin Medical School and coordinator of sports medicine and sports science
for the United States Speed Skating Team. A fitness study completed for
Rollerblade inc. in 1991 measured how in-line skating compares as a form of
exercise to running or cycling, in terms of caloric expenditure, as well as
aerobic and anaerobic benefits. Oxygen uptake. Heart rate and blood rate were
measured in eleven volunteers, all competent inline skaters, during four
different workouts: running, cycling, 30 minutes of steady inline skating and an
incremental inline skating workout, in which the participants skated one mile
four times progressively increasing velocities, paced by a bicycle. Results of
the study are as follows:
skating, (Alternating one minute of hard skating in a tuck position with one
minute of easy skating in an upright position) exceeds 450 calories in 30
and cycling expend 350 and 360 calories respectively, at a heart rate of 148
beats per minute
general, the faster/harder one skates, the faster one burns calories.
Aerobic tests measure how the heart and lungs work together.
· Inline skaters can increase their aerobic workout by skating harder or skating uphill. (NOTE: Skaters should master speed control for skating downhill prior to engaging in an uphill workout.)
benefits determine how well a workout strengthens and develops muscles. In
general, a person who is working out wants to burn fat, not muscle. Studies show
that women who use diet only to reduce weight may lose 40 percent of their
weight from muscle tissue.
inline skating was found to be more beneficial than both running and cycling,
because it is intrinsically easier and more natural for building hip and thigh
muscles that are not developed in the other two forms of exercise. Unlike,
cycling, inline skating develops hamstring muscles. And unlike running, inline
skating is a low impact activity.
separate study conducted at the Human Performance Laboratory at St. Cloud State
University in Minnesota found that inline skating develops muscles in the entire
upper leg, rear end and hip, as well as lower back. Muscles in the upper arms
and shoulders are also developed when arms are swung vigorously while skating.
Rebounding from injury
started inline skating after four knee surgeries made it hard for me to run. It
wasn't long before I found a way to combine my lifelong favorite sport with my
new skating obsession, which got me back to the court long after I'd thought my
fun was done."
LaGarde, former NBA star and founder of
NIBBL, the National Inline Basketball league.