Health Benefits of Roller Skating

Comparing roller skating to walking is like comparing apples to oranges — which one is better depends on your personal tastes. In determining which movement is the better exercise, analyze your personal expectations and physical limitations. Both activities offer a healthy way to incorporate cardiovascular endurance training into your fitness routine. Both activities may be enjoyable. Both activities may not be suitable for people of all fitness levels. If, however, you are capable of doing both, you may decide one is better than the other.

Roller skating involves all major muscle groups, including your heart. With similar health benefits and calorie consumption to jogging, skating burns between 350 and 600 calories per hour depending on your weight and exertion level, but with considerably less impact shock to your body, according to research published in “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.” Also, roller skating is fast-paced and exciting, providing a challenging balance dimension to your workout, requiring your body to move in unexpected ways that stimulate different muscles and heighten your athletic abilities