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Oct 3, 2012

Rollerblade Your Way to Weight Loss

How Rollerblading Burns Calories
Rollerblading is an aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercises burn calories and fat by increasing your heart rate, which in turn increases your metabolism and oxygen consumption. This increase in metabolism also increases involuntary bodily functions such as digestion, breathing and pulse, which force the body to use up its stored fat deposits.
The amount of calories burned rollerblading or any activity for that matter depends on several factors: weight, body size, intensity, and duration of the activity. In general, the larger you are, the more calories you will burn. And obviously, the longer you do an activity and the more intense, the more calories you will burn as well. According to the Mayo Clinic, a 160-pound person who rollerblades for an hour will burn as much as 548 calories. A pound of fat equals 3,500 calories; so for a weekly one-pound weight loss, you will need to burn 500 calories daily.

Lean Muscle Mass and Calorie Burning
Rollerblading helps in strengthening leg muscles particularly the quadriceps, hamstrings and butt muscles. So this is a great exercise for those looking to tone those particular muscle groups. The development of lean muscles also aids in burning fat. Increased muscle mass burns fat and calories even when you are not performing that activity.
In rollerblading, you are constantly balancing on your wheels. Balancing helps strengthen core muscles such as the lower back, trunk and abdominal muscles. Increasing your core muscle mass not only helps in shedding off unwanted belly fat and love handles, but it increases your ability to balance and stabilize.
Rollerblading is fun and has so many health benefits, making it a great activity to add in any fitness regimen. Always wear protective gear when rollerblading and try this exhilarating activity to help achieve your weight loss goals.