In May of 2004 Roller Skating Association International President
Kevin Baker said quad roller skating
is a fun and effective way to stay in shape.
FROM ROLLER SKATING ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL
PRESS RELEASE DATED MAY 6, 2004
NBA Slam Dunk Champ Fred Jones Equates Skating With Strong Legs
May is National Fitness Month, and Roller Skating Association International President Kevin Baker is reminding the public that roller skating is a fun and effective way to stay in shape.
"For many years, the President's Council on Physical Fitness, as well as the American Heart Association, have recognized that roller skating is among the best overall aerobic exercises, involving all the body's muscles, including the heart," Baker said. "During National Fitness Month, we are stressing not only the fun aspects of roller skating, but also its many health benefits."
With low-carb and other diet plans sweeping the nation, experts agree that regular exercise is an essential part of an overall fitness plan that contributes to weight loss and general health. Skating is a great way to get this recommended exercise. Consider:
While roller skating is an effective low-impact aerobic exercise, many athletes also point to skating as a strength exercise.
Roller skating is equivalent to jogging in terms of health benefits, calorie burning, reduction of body fat and leg strength development.
Just one hour of moderate roller skating (6 mph) burns 330 calories for a 143-pound person. If that same person skates vigorously (10 mph), he or she will burn up to 590 calories an hour!
According to a study at the University of Massachusetts, in-line skating causes less than 50 percent of the impact shock to joint compared to running.
For example, the March 2, 2004, edition of the Indianapolis Star quotes 2004 NBA Slam Dunk champion Fred Jones connecting roller skating with his incredible vertical leap.
According to the Star, Jones developed the strong leg muscles and learned some of the acrobatics that helped him win the NBA slam dunk title from his days on skates while growing up in Arkansas and Oregon.
"They took us to the rink once a week and some guy saw me skating and asked my mom if I could try speedskating," Jones said. "I did that for two years from the time I was 6 until I was 8. And it got my legs really strong, so I'm not complaining."
According to Baker, Jones' experience is not unusual.
"Roller skating provides a wonderful way to stay in shape and make for a stronger and better body," he said. "The bonus is that the skating center is open for exercise no matter what the weather conditions are like outdoors."
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