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Can You Lose Weight by Rollerblading?

By Carol Poster

Inline skating is an aerobic, or cardiovascular, workout meaning that it is a form of exercise using large muscles that can be sustained for extended periods, allowing you to burn off weight. Because you glide over the ground on wheels rather than pounding your feet against the ground, inline skating is a low-impact exercise that may cause less joint stress than running, basketball or other high-impact cardiovascular activities. Although Rollerblades remain a well-respected and iconic brand, you can lose weight using any brand of inline skates.

Weight Loss Basics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous cardiovascular exercise, such as rollerblading, each week to maintain a healthy weight. To lose weight, you need to expend more calories than you consume, either by increasing your activity level or decreasing your caloric intake. In practical terms, this means that inline skating will help you lose weight if you combine it with watching your diet. If you do things like indulge in an extra-large frozen coffee drink after skating, or hydrate while rollerblading by consuming high-calorie energy drinks, you may not see the pounds melt off.

Skating it Off

An hour of inline skating at a speed of 10 miles per hour burns off approximately 683 calories for a 200-pound person or 548 calories for a 160-pound person, roughly the equivalent of running at 5 miles per hour, or playing basketball or singles tennis. To increase the number of calories you burn per hour, either skate faster or incorporate hills into your skating workout.

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