Can You Lose Weight by Rollerblading?. In-line skating, often referred to under the trademarked name Rollerblading, can be a fun way to fit in more physical activity. Unlike quad skates, which feature a set of wheels at the front and back of the foot base, in-line skate wheels line up in a single line at the base of ...
In-line skating, often referred to under the trademarked name Rollerblading, can be a fun way to fit in more physical activity. Unlike quad skates, which feature a set of wheels at the front and back of the foot base, in-line skate wheels line up in a single line at the base of the foot. Once you get the hang of the movement, in-line skating offers a serious calorie burn that when paired with a low-calorie diet can assist in weight loss.
Weight loss occurs when you eat fewer calories than you burn. Creating a deficit of 500 calories per day results in a one pound per week weight loss. You can create this deficit by eating less and moving more. Combining the two strategies results in the most success as evinced by members of the national Weight Control Registry, a group of more than 10,000 people who have managed to lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off for a long time. Only 2 percent of registry participants successfully lost weight with exercise alone and 6 percent with diet alone. The American College of Sports Medicine says that 250 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise weekly, such as in-line skating is required for significant weight loss.
The average 155-pound person burns 260 calories in just 30 minutes of Rollerblading. If you weigh more, you burn more calories. Rollerblading burns more calories than water aerobics, weight lifting and walking at 4.5 mph. You have to work to burn these calories, however. Simply cruising downhill on your skates will not bring about results.
A study published in January 1993 in the “International Journal of Sports Medicine” found that in-line skating can be a more effective cardiovascular exercise than cycling, as long as you work during your session. You will stop and start a lot when first learning to Rollerblade, which means less calorie-burning and cardio-building benefits. Include other fitness activities, such as walking or aerobics, to burn calories while you learn.
Rollerblading to lose weight will be more effective if you also change your diet. Reduce portion sizes and make healthy choices, such as leafy greens, whole grains and lean proteins. Skip sugary foods, refined grains and meals high in saturated and trans fats.