Inline Skates and Exercise Benefits
skating is an enjoyable and fun
way to get in shape and stay fit especially on warm sunny days when
a lot more enjoyable to exercise outdoors than on a treadmill or
bike indoors at the gym. These days many cities have nicely paved paths
through parkland, beach and waterfront areas to make your rollerblading
experience more enjoyable and safe. Unfortunately depending on where
may not be able to or want to rollerblade all year round.
are many benefits to be derived
from inline skating. It's much easier and safer on the knees and back
jogging since your legs aren't taking as much of a pounding against a
You don't have to travel as far as with cycling to get maximum exercise
You will achieve a more effective workout in less time. Along
with a great cardiovascular workout, blading provides you with a
lower body and core workout by strengthening and toning your thighs,
calves, hamstrings, abs and lower back. It's like doing thousands of
lunges using your own body
weight without even realizing it or getting bored!
training for inline skating
also recommend that you combine rollerblading
with strength training exercises with weights such as leg
presses, glute exercises and calf raises
just to name a few. This will ensure that your leg
and bones remain strong and it helps to prevent any possible injuries
occurring while blading or encountering environmental obstacles.
you begin inline skating for
the day, you may want to do a little bit of light stretching
focusing on your thighs and hamstrings. There is always debate over
whether or not to stretch before exercising. I believe you should do
feels best for you. Also, the first few minutes should be done at a
pace as a warm up for your leg muscles.
find that roller blading is extremely
safe once you get proficient at it. Rarely will you fall by yourself.
you do, it's usually a result of your surroundings. No different than
or walking on a sidewalk. To prevent injuries and scrapes, you may wish
to purchase elbow, wrist and knee pads plus a helmet.
should you look for when buying
a pair of inline skates?
If you're new to this sport, I suggest
borrow a pair from a friend or rent a pair just to try it out, get a
feel for the activity.
When you're ready to buy a pair there are a few things to look for. If
you're going to buy a really cheap pair I'll guarantee you that you
not enjoy inline skating. What I suggest that you buy a decent to good
pair in the
The obvious being that the boot fits
in a pair of sports socks. If you feel the boot rubbing against your
or your toes rubbing inside the boot, try another pair because
boots will result in blisters and soar feet resulting in a painful
experience, no different than a badly fitting
pair of running shoes.
prefer laces for the boot with one
plastic or velcro strap at the top and soft boots with plastic heel and
bottom moldings for extra support. Soft boots with no plastic molding
usually give way to your ankle over time. Wheels should be in the
range. Higher than 82mm is too big a wheel for most people and those
blades are built for speed. Look for bearings with
at least ABEC 5. Most quality inline skates come with ABEC 5 bearings
anyway. Also note that rollerblades with the hockey boot are not ideal
for long distance blading, but more suitable for road hockey, etc...
tried several different brands
of inline skates over the years. I find that I like K2 the best and
them, especially on sale in the price range of around $159 -
$199. I like their sleek design, they fit my feet very well
and provide excellent
support. K2s are also very comfortable and light in weight.
skates are easy to maintain.
The wheels need to be rotated every once in awhile to prevent uneven
out. So if you use them 3 times a week, rotating the wheels monthly or
every 6 weeks is
fine or take a look
for how much wear there is on the wheels. The bearings need to be
too. I do this by removing the wheel bearings assembly or casing from
the wheel and then wiping the
of any dirt and then spraying the entire wheel bearing casing with
I don't remove the bearings from the assembly casing anymore since I
very little dirt gets in there and it's a lot of time-consuming work.
If you find that even this process is too much work, just remove the
and wipe down the bearing casings and then add new lubricant and rotate
What time of
lubricant should you buy? You can opt to buy inline skate lubricant at
any sports store but it is very, very expensive and not necessary. I
use 3-IN-ONE multi-purpose oil or any similar type of brand which is
in price and works very well and you can pck it up at
or hardware store.
I also suggest that if you happen to be
rollerblading while raining or on wet pavement that you add oil to the
bearing casings afterwards, the next day or once dry, to keep them
running smoothly and to prevent the bearings from rusting and getting
damaged. This can be done simply by injecting a few drops of oil on
every wheel casing and then spinning the wheel to spread the oil out
over the entire casing and bearings.
this article, I have discussed the
cardiovascular and strength training benefits associated with inline
What you should look for when purchasing a pair of inline skates and
by: Peter Kudlacz, popularfitness.com