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Inline skating is a great aerobic workout you can use to help stay in shape.
Some people enjoy taking long leisurely skates, while others use inline skating for intense cardiovascular training or as a mode of transportation on city streets.
Whichever way you choose to roll, you can guarantee that you’re getting a great workout. You’ll build strength in muscles in the upper leg, buttocks, hips, and lower back.
A study conducted in 1991 at the Human Performance Laboratory at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota found that swinging your arms vigorously during skating also builds muscles in the shoulders and upper arms.
A 1997 University of Massachusetts fitness study found that inline skating causes 50 per cent less impact shock to the joints compared to running. This means you’ll be able to stay active longer without the risk of long-term injury. It also means inline skating is a great way to stay active when sore knees and joints keep you out of your running shoes and off the trail.
As in all sports, it is important to approach inline skating with caution. This means wearing a helmet and protective gear while skating.
Protective gear consists of elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards, available for purchase anywhere you buy skates. A helmet and protective gear will help you feel safe and build your confidence, especially if you’re just learning how to skate.
It’s important to make sure you have the right equipment. Inline skates include a vast range of products, so when you’re looking for skates, know exactly how you plan to use them. Is your goal to blade marathon races? Then you should choose a race-specific product. Are you trying to improve your overall physical fitness? Then choose a fitness skate. Do you want to have fun with family and friends at a leisurely pace? Then choose a recreational skate. Each type of inline skate is made using specific technology to optimize your performance and comfort level.
Soon you’ll be on your way to happy rolling.
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From the editors of alive magazine
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