Yesterday I went out for a 6 mile training run. It was hot. It was humid. It was not very much fun. However, I did see something that brought back some serious high school memories… a chick rollerblading. Back in my high school prime I used to park outside of the state beach entrance and blade through the camping areas and on the boardwalks along the beach. Even back in the early 2000s I was made fun of for rollerblading by my friends. I still don’t really understand why.
Here are a few reasons why rollerblading is the ultimate summer workout:
- Rollerblading for an hour can burn up to 816 calories (depending on how much you move your arms). That is the equivalent of 3 Snickers bars. Or three grande lattes with whole milk from Starbucks. Or 1 pound of cooked Wild Atlantic Salmon. Or a Burger King Triple Stacker Burger. Or a large chocolate milkshake. Enough said.
- You can get your bronze on while working out. It is completely socially acceptable to wear short shorts and a tank top while rollerblading. If you are by a body of water, even a bathing suit is allowed. I surely do not get any tanner while sitting in spin class. Plus rollerblading provides an even tan (I hate lying on my stomach to tan my back!!).
- Make it a date! Why not go rollerblading with your gf/bf. I don’t suggest this as a first or second date because the margin for falling/embarrassing oneself is too high. But if you are in a committed relationship and the other person agrees not to laugh too much when you eat pavement, go for it!
- Your legs will look sexy. Just like jogging or biking, rollerblading on a consistent basis will give you some good looking gams. Plus the blades add an extra 4 inches or more, so you will look uber tall and thin.
Now I am not proposing you quit all other forms of exercise. I am merely explaining some of the benefits associated with rollerblading. Perhaps this post will help some people stop hating on it… but probably not. For some reason over 96% of the population seems to loathe this ‘sport’.