Rollerblades: A Good Workout?

Rollerblades, a good workout or a bad idea? We will look at both sides of this question. Sports equipment is important for a few reasons. In today’s world, all we hear about in the news and read about in the papers is how more and more people need to lose weight. Doctors say any exercise that you enjoy or will stick with is a good exercise. But everyday, doctors treat patients who have been injured while roller blading. Is the health benefit worth the safety issues?

Rollerblades: A Good Workout?
Rollerblades: A Good Workout?

First let’s look at the good aspects of using Rollerblades. There are many of these, and using Rollerblades does count as cardiovascular exercise as long as you are actually skating with them and not just standing in them. They give the muscles in your calves, thighs, abdominal muscles, and butt muscles. Rollerblades provide a great all over workout to help tone and tighten your body while boosting your circulation and metabolism. By using Rollerblades, you will be getting the exercise that we all so desperately need, but yet enjoying yourself so it will not feel like exercise. This means that you are more likely to stick with this exercise and stay healthier because of it. Rollerblades can be a very important piece of sports equipment to help in your exercise routine. This can be done by using Rollerblades alone, or with other sports equipment to round out your routine. There are even televised Roller Derby competitions where members of two competing teams race.

There can be drawbacks to using Rollerblades, as with any sports equipment. There are the usual muscle problems when you first start any exercise that gives you a good workout. muscle aches and pains, pulled muscles, overexertion from doing too much too soon, and these types of assorted minor injuries. If you are doing strenuous roller blading in a warm environment, like the summer heat, heat exhaustion or dehydration can occur if you do it for too long at one time. Make sure to drink lots of water while exercising. Another slight risk is serious injury if you fall. Anytime you are on wheels, balance comes into play and you could fall. A helmet and the proper pads can help minimize this risk and make this sport a lot safer. Anytime you participate in a sport, the appropriate sports equipment should be used for safety.

About the author: David DeSteno

I had completed his graduate work in social psychology at Yale. He spent the next 3 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Ohio State and has been at Northeastern since 1999.

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