Rollerblading May Be Our New Favorite Form of Exercise

Roller Blades
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In case you haven’t heard, the ‘90s are back. Overalls are in again, as are combat boots and scrunchies, but our favorite throwback to the decade might just be rollerblades. The retro activity is not just a fun way to spend an afternoon — it’s also great exercise. 

If you’ve never used inline skates before, don’t worry, they’re fairly easy to get the hang of. From a standing position, push your feet out at a 45-degree angle like you’re kicking the pavement away. It’s best to assume an athletic stance — AKA slightly squatted with your core engaged—and pump your arms opposite your legs as you shift your weight back and forth.

Believe it or not, rollerblading is basically like cardio—just way more enjoyable!

The stance required targets the quads, glutes, hamstrings, and inner thigh muscles which aren’t normally stimulated during activities like walking. In addition, maintaining balance while skating around improves posture and involves the use of the abdominals muscles and core. 

The best part is rollerblading is that it has a low impact on knees and joints, making it a good alternative for those who struggle with running. 

Plus, have we mentioned how much fun it is?!