As you glimpsed in our previous article, inline skating is comparable to cycling and biking in terms of cardiovascular exercise, caloric burn, aerobic exercise, and anaerobic exercise. Inline skating is also more beneficial to your body in that it does not require the impact of cardio like running, and also engages more muscles than cycling does.
Moving laterally trains your muscles in new ways, giving you an edge over runners and cyclists. Inline skating also does more to improve your balance and coordination than running and cycling. You will find yourself with a better posture and stance with inline skating than you will with running and cycling.
However, nobody should do only one constant, repetitive exercise at all times. While inline skating certainly has it all, you should constantly strive to work your muscles in new ways. Surprising your muscles with new movements is what strengthens them, tones them, and contributes to overall weight loss. But wait, isn’t this guide about losing weight by working out inline skating? Of course it is! But while inline skating, you may also want to add other exercises to your repertoire.
This has a variety of benefits. One, you give your body a break from the repetitive movement of inline skating and move your muscles in a new way. Two, you contribute to overall fitness by working your muscles and body in a variety of ways. Three, you can maintain your fitness routine over a long stretch of time by preventing boredom.
The most important aspect in integrating a new weight-loss program is focusing on the program as a life change, rather than a get slim quick routine. If you focus on inline skating as a fast way to lose weight, you are likely to get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. With the majority of new weight loss programs, it is likely that you will see some initial results, and then feel stagnant for a week or more.
Remember that with lifestyle changes, the most significant changes are seen approximately eight weeks after the beginning of your program. This means that you need to stick it out, be consistent, and you will see those results! Studies have also found that individuals who stick to a program for three months or more are more likely to make a significant lifestyle change than those that stick to a program for only a few weeks. It is important that this routine become, well, routine for you if you want to see long-term results.
One of the problems that is often seen with the implementation of a new program is boredom. Often, people are initially very excited to start their new routine, but as that excitement and novelty drops off, they stop participating and never see any real results. By shaking up your routine with complementary exercises, you can prevent boredom, stagnation, and quitting.
The following are some exercises that you can use on your “off” days, or days that you don’t inline skate. These are best for days that you are too busy, too tired, or don’t have access to your skates (if you are away, for example).
Yoga is all the rage today, and for good reason. The stretches that yoga provides can help build strength as well as flexibility. Engaging in yoga helps you to calm your mental state, leading to a mindfulness that has been associated with weight loss. Yoga positions can be adjusted for all levels, and it is inexpensive to participate. If you are uncertain, there are yoga studios all over the country that do not require memberships: most single classes will charge you $10-$20.
Most yoga studios even provide yoga mats for visitors to use without charge, so all you need to do is show up! If you would like to practice at home, you can practice on a towel, on a bare floor, or purchase a yoga mat at Walmart or online for as little as $8.00. You can find yoga stretches, explanations, and videos online. A quick google search of the words “yoga tutorial” or “beginner’s yoga lesson” will yield a plethora of results! Yoga is an excellent way to relax on an off day, and a wonderful way to keep your muscles engaged for your next skating adventure.
If you simply aren’t up to skating, or don’t have access to your skates, go for a walk. Like yoga, walking is a relaxing way to keep your muscles engaged and prepared to skate again. The feel of fresh air may help to motivate you, getting you excited for your next yoga trip! Aim to walk for about thirty minutes to keep your muscles warm and get a light workout for your time.
If you aren’t having an “off” day or even want to ramp up your exercise surrounding inline skating, you can use your newly built muscles to engage in more intense or even competitive activities to keep your blood flowing. Shaking it up with other intense exercises can help to keep you motivated and excited, especially if the exercises are competitive in nature!
Join a friendly hockey game, whether on roller blades or ice skates. The competitive nature of this sport will keep your mind engaged, and you can take the time to spend some time with friends! If you can’t find a hockey game or rink nearby, grab some children’s goal nets, a puck, and some hockey sticks off of Ebay or Craigslist and invite your pals over for a party.
Take the time to cook up some good, healthy food, socialize with your friends, and set up that hockey game in your driveway or cul-de-sac. This could be a great opportunity to talk to your friends about your successes with inline skating and invite them on your next outing. Creating a social experience around your weight loss plan can help to keep you motivated and excited! You can even set regular hockey-night dates if your friends are into it.
Take some time off from the wheels and hit your local ice skating rink. Ice skating is actually easier on your muscles than inline skating, to the surprise of many. There is less friction created between the smooth ice and the blade of the skate, meaning that you don’t need to work nearly as hard to push each foot forward. The mechanics of ice skating are very similar to inline skating, in a different environment. If you need a change of scenery and breath of cold air, take to the ice-skating rink! This is also a fantastic social experience, so invite all of your friends along.
If you are away from your skates, or simply need a break from routine, calisthenics are a great way to keep you in shape and give you an intense, excellent workout. Focus on muscle groups that are used when inline skating to keep your body in sync with your goals. Some great calisthenics include squats, lunges, leg lifts, sit-ups, and push-ups. Engage in the same stretches provided by this article, but add weights to stretches like sideways leg-lifts to build muscle and endurance. Jump-roping, jogging, or jumping jacks are great calisthenics to increase your heart rate and get that cardiovascular exercise that you’re missing when not inline skating.
Work Your Upper Body
When inline skating, your arms, chest, and shoulders are less engaged than any other part of your body. If you are looking for overall weight loss and health benefits, it is vital that this part of your body does not get ignored entirely! On “off” days, spend time engaging in exercises that work this part of your anatomy to complement the benefits that you get from inline skating.
You can lift weights, do push-ups, hold a plank, or even do pull-ups if you are able. Make sure that you don’t forget your arms! You can find plenty of full-body exercises that work your arms more intensely than inline skating. Focus on exercises that force you to pull, push, or lift something heavy for maximum results.
Weight lifting is an excellent choice when it comes to upper-body workouts. If you do not have a gym membership (or don’t want one) you can find inexpensive weights for your home in places like Walmart, Play It Again Sports, or online. Resistance bands are also a wonderful option here. Again, focus on pulling, pushing, and lifting.
Remember that, just as with inline skating, is important that you warm up and cool down with each of these exercises. Do not overtax your body, and do your best to stay safe and avoid injury! Remember that inline skating should still be your go-to, consistent exercise, as it works the most muscles in the most unique ways. Complementing your skating routine will help you to maintain a consistent routine and an overall healthy body.