It is often said that one of the best ways to lose weight is by following a fitness routine that will improve your cardio. Good ways to do this can include going to the gym and using the treadmill, exercises bikes or rowing machines there or jogging outdoors. However one cardio exercise you can do that is particularly good fun, especially now with winter approaching, is ice skating.
For those who have tried ice skating exercise before, you will know that it requires a fair amount of energy to keep going at a decent speed and stay upright. The effort you exert here all helps to improve your cardio and at the same time burns off fat leading to ice skating weight loss.
There are some muscle zones in particular that are targeted by an ice skating program; legs and buttocks. So, if you are looking to reduce the size of your bum (lose a bit of fat in that general area) or your legs (both calf and thigh areas) then you can do it by ice skating – it won’t even feel like you’re exercising and losing weight! Ice skating for weight loss will burn around 350 calories an hour – not bad for something you’d do for fun anyway.
If you are considering starting a weight loss ice skating program then you should think about what sort of ice skating you need to do to meet your weight loss goals. If you’re looking to reduce fat all round and improve your cardio and general fitness then you should perform endurance skating. This means skating around the rink for a long period of time, but not exerting too much effort. If you have a heart rate monitor you can be as much as a quarter below your max heart rate for exercise. This sort of skating will also help tone up your muscles in general.
However, if you’re targeting big leg muscles or want to really give your bum flab a run for its money then you should look into power skating. This is basically doing short bursts of skating around the rink at very high levels of exertion; a few minutes at your maximum exertion will do the trick. Rest after the few minutes you do then start up and do it again. You should be going for it enough that the ice skating actually feels quite hard work; you need to feel those muscles burning – no pain no gain! With these speeds however you do need to find a quiet rink as a collision could end in catastrophe! As always, do check with your physician before starting an exercise program.
If you live in an area with no indoor or outdoor ice skating rink and you also can’t enjoy to much wintertime, you can replace ice skating with inline skating and perform rollerblading for weight loss. Good luck!