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 cycling to get maximum benefits.
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!
also recommend that you combine blading
with strength training exercises with weights such as leg extensions,
presses and calf raises to name a few. This will ensure that your
and bones remain strong and it helps to prevent any possible injuries
you begin inline skating for
the day, you may want to do a little bit of light stretching
focusing on your thighs and hamstrings. Right now there is 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 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 you
borrow a pair from a friend or rent a pair just to try it out, get a
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 pair in the
should you look for in a pair
of inline skates? The obvious being that the boot fits your feet
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. Just like 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 80mm 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 makes
of inline skates over the years. I find that I like K2 the best and
them, especially in the higher price range of around $179 -
$199. I like their sleek design, they fit my feet very well
support. K2s are also very comfortable and light in weight. Ultra
are also good and I hear that Salomon are quality blades too.
skates are easy to maintain.
The wheels need to be rotated every once in a while to prevent uneven
out. So if you use them 3 times a week, monthly 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 and wiping the
of any dirt and then spraying the entire wheel bearing assembly with
I don't remove the bearings from the assembly casing any more since I
very little dirt gets in there and it's a lot of time-consuming work.
this article I've 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