any health benefits gained from inline skating?
Absolutely! You can get all of the aerobic benefits of running or jogging,
without the pounding that goes along with running and jogging. The absence of this pounding makes inline skating much less
stressful on your knees and other joints. Also, you can significantly increase the intensity of the aerobic benefits of
inline skating by continually swinging your arms in concert with your legs. To get the maximum aerobic workout it is worth stating that you
must keep moving – coasting will diminish the cardio benefits of inline skating.
Another health benefit of inline skating that should not be overlooked is your body's
exposure to fresh
air and sunshine. In today’s culture, most people spend too much time
cooped up indoors. Inline skating offers an escape from the daily (indoor) grind, and
provides the fresh air and sunshine that your body needs.
The major muscles worked when inline skating are the legs -
specifically the quadriceps and hamstrings.
As previously mentioned, you can also
tone your arms while inline skating by
continually swinging your arms in concert with your legs.
Falling down is the single biggest risk for inline skaters.
For this reason you should always wear your inline
skate protective gear.
You should also be aware that being struck by an automobile or other
moving vehicles (motorcycles, bicycles, etc) is a serious risk for inline
skaters. In a perfect scenario inline skaters (beginners and advanced) would
spend most of their time inline skating in places void of automobile traffic.
Unfortunately, we know that this is not always feasible or practical. When you
cannot avoid inline skating near traffic, stay alert and always exercise extreme
For recreational skating, anywhere you can find a hard, level
surface away from the flow of traffic will work great. Many cities and parks have bicycle trails that are great for inline
skating. One of my favorite places to inline skate is on old railroads that
have been converted into paved bike paths. If you live near one of these “rails to trails” you may be able to
enjoy miles of superior inline skating conditions - all free of charge.
Inline skating allows skaters to move smoothly on any hard surface
outside the rink - this is what we believe really turned people on to inline
skating. I suppose anyone can roller skate outside, but it is just not the same.
How did inline skating gain nationwide attention? The television. One of the first times I saw someone inline skating was on a
television commercial. I don’t recall what the commercial was selling, but I do
remember thinking how cool it would be to inline skate outside, anytime and
anywhere I could find a hard or semi-hard surface! That commercial motivated me to buy
my first pair of inline skates, and just over a
year later I became an avid inline skater!
Speed skating is basically racing on inline skates. Inline speed skating is similar to
ice speed skating, and it is not uncommon for a person that races inline to
switch back and forth between ice and inline skates.
Aggressive inline skating is not for
the faint of heart. Aggressive inline skaters often
perform dangerous skating tricks. They may glide down a handrail or
perform flips or spins on a skating ramp. Aggressive inline skaters are
generally excellent skaters and enjoy the thrill of performing very difficult
The terms inline skating and rollerblading are often used
synonymously. Rollerblading is actually the name of a company
that sells inline skating products. Inline skating on the other hand consists of
skating with a pair of skates that have four wheels all in a line - one in
front of the other.
Some inline skates have five wheels in a line
(often speed skates) but four is the standard.