skating has become one of the most popular activities throughout the
world in little more than a decade. Why? Consider these benefits:
- Skating is versatile
with its many different forms. An inline skater can choose to be a
hockey player, artistic skater, street skater, speed skater, or
- Skating is accessible.
It does not require a team, a ballpark, or a bunch of special
equipment. All it requires is a pair of skates, safety equipment, and a
hard surface. Most of us can literally skate right out our front door.
- Skating is inexpensive. A good pair of skates and safety equipment can be had for under $200. For that price you get several years of fun!
- Skating is good aerobic exercise. According to one study, inline skaters expend 570 calories per hour, equivalent to bicyclists.
- Skating is low impact. Another study showed that skating causes half the impact on joints as does running.
- Skating is safe.
A comparison study of injury rates in various sports showed that inline
skating ranked number 11 out of 12 sports, with lower injury rates than
common activities such as baseball, basketball, bicycling, soccer,
swimming, and volleyball.
- Skating is fun. This is the icing on the cake that makes skating seem more like a hobby than a workout.
For more information, please see our Equipment and Links pages.