• Roller skating is equivalent to jogging in terms of health benefits, caloric consumption, reduction of body fat and leg strength development.
• Studies have shown that roller skating provides a com-plete aerobic workout and involves all 640+ of the body’s muscles, especially the heart.
• The American Heart Association recognizes and recom-mends roller skating as an aerobic fitness sport.
• Just one hour of moderate roller skating (6mph) burns 330 calories for a 143-pound person, he will take advan-tage of all the fitness benefits that aerobics can offer. If that same person roller skates vigorously, he or she will burn up to 590 calories in an hour.
• According to a study at the University of Massachusetts, roller skating causes less than 50 percent of the impact shock to joints compared to running.
• If someone roller skates one day, bicycles another, and swims or runs on another, the person will be getting all the fitness benefits that aerobics can offer.
• According to Dr Carl Foster, associate professor of medi-cine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, roller skating as a form of exercise is as beneficial as running or cycling. (Information from International Inline Skating Association website).
• During a 30-minute period, on the average, roller skating at a steady, comfortable rate expends 285 calories and produces a heart rate of 148 beats per minutes.
The 2014 National Roller Skating Month Campaign is sponsored by :Pacer, Pepsi, Crazy Skates, Sure-Grip in-ternational, Vanilla Skates, KidsSkateFree.com, JBL Trin-ity Group and is supported by the Let’s Move Program and the Presidents Challenge Program.
We are proud to announce that the Roller Skating Asso-ciation International has garnered the support of the President’s Challenge Program and Let’s Move Program with the mission of keeping kids active and healthy in a safe environment.
The President’s Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active an important part of their everyday lives. No matter what your activity or fit-ness level, The President’s Challenge Program can help motivate you to improve. For more information, please visit vvvvvv.presidentschallenge.org or call 1-800-258-8146.
Let’s Move! Is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to purse their dreams. For more information visit Lets Move
HEALTH & FITNESS BENEFITS
Since 1980, the percentage of children who are over-weight has nearly doubled. Almost nine million young Americans, or about 15 percent of all children, are over weight today. Without the proper diet and exercise, these children will be more susceptible to obesity-related health problems such as heart disease, hypertension and Type II diabetes whey they become adults.
A recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control recommends that adolescents be physically ac-tive daily, or at least be active nearly every day while they participate in play, games, sports, planned exercise dur-ing the context of family, school and community activities.
This challenge may not be easy to accomplish consider-ing physical education programs and recess at schools are being reduced and eliminated. In addition, children prefer sedentary activities such as video games and tele-vision to physical activity like sports.
Today, kids need help and encouragement to stay in shape and live a healthy lifestyle. Roller skating provides a great way to exercise, and kids get to do what they like to do more than anything in the world—hang out with friends and listen to music. Kids may not realize that while they are socializing with their friends on skates, the activity itself is better than running the same distance. Roller skating provides a great way to have fun while at the same time be physically active for hours.