Why Ice Skating Might be The Exercise for You

We’ve all been in that situation. It’s still dark and chilly outside. You know you should go for a morning run, but you’d rather stay under the covers. If getting up for an early run during the colder months isn’t appealing, try ice skating instead. You’ll be joining the approximately 10 million Americans who ice skate each year (via Statista). Ice skating, on the other hand, did not start out as the sport or pleasure that it is today.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, the first ice skates were supposed to be made of animal bones. They were first used in Eastern Europe during the Bronze Age as a means of transportation during the winter months. Skating as a mode of transportation was still popular in the Netherlands in the 15th century. According to Federico Formenti, a physiologist and sports scientist, canals that irrigated farms during the summer months became ice skating super highways during the winter months. Formenti told Smithsonian Magazine, “They were as popular there as vehicles are in America today.” “That was the impetus for trying new ways to improve the skates so that people could travel faster.”

The main reason why ice skating is beneficial to your health

Ice skating may have been displaced as a means of getting over the frozen tundra by popular sports such as ice hockey and figure skating. This isn’t to say that you have to be Wayne Gretzky or Michelle Kwan to gain from ice skating’s fitness benefits.

Ice skating is a terrific way to activate your core and focus your lower body muscles, whether you are a novice or an accomplished skater. Ice skating, according to Dr. M. Kathryn Steiner, an adult physician for the 2017 Skating Academy of Boston, improves balance, builds endurance, and can help people lose weight. “Ice skating is a wonderful way to maintain or lose weight since the longer and harder you skate, the more calories you burn,” Dr. Steiner told the news agency.

If you’re new to figure skating or haven’t done it in a while, Peter Zapalo, the head of sports science and medicine for U.S. Figure Skating, advises Vogue to stretch before and after you skate. He recommends leg lunges, high kicks, and brushing your teeth while standing on one foot for 30 seconds at a time. When it comes to a post-skate cool-down routine, Zapalo emphasizes the importance of listening to your body. “Take some extra time for passive stretching when you come off the rink if your body isn’t adapted to skating,” he advises.