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Get Physical: Indoor Ice Skating

Winter is hitting a lot of people across the US, but it's not quite cold enough to ice skate outdoors on a pond or lake.

So why not take a visit to your nearby indoor ice-skating rink this weekend? Many places have ice skates you can rent if you don't have a pair of your own. Just call to find out how much it is to rent and find out what times the rink is open for public skating. You can hold your partner's hand to keep each other from falling, and have a ton of fun working your lower body and practicing your balance. Ice skating is a fun way to stay active and enjoy Winter. What's more? An 130-lb. person can burn upwards of 300 calories during an hour of ice skating.

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bellechic bellechic 8 years
i love ice skating!!! There is an awesome rink in Anaheim!!
pinkacid pinkacid 8 years
FYI: there's a ice skating rink in pasadena too
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
dang, 300 calories...i'm convinced!
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I took ice skating lessons as a kid...it just wasn't for me. I'm from South Carolina...we like warmer things!
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
hey there are a few of us figure skaters here! i would really caution anyone from using another inexperienced skater as support. falling on the ice is just like falling on cement. early learners should wear knee and elbow pads and stick to the rail for any support they need.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
hey there are a few of us figure skaters here! i would really caution anyone from using another inexperienced skater as support. falling on the ice is just like falling on cement. early learners should wear knee and elbow pads and stick to the rail for any support they need.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Ummm..someone is just now discovering indoor ice rinks? Holy cow! My nephew, Andrew has been an ice skater since he was 5, now he's 21. He practices 3 hours a day on a slow day, coaches now 2.5 hours and has off ice training for 2 hour or more. I will say this he eats more than 6000 calories a day and we know from the physiologists and trainers that he works with that he burns more than that. He has amazing Lance Armstrong like endurance, skill, and strength (he's muscled unlike other male figure skaters). But he also has the aches and pains of an 80 year old. But he still striving for his Olympic Dream. Vancouver 2010. I'll be shopping/site seeing when he's not on the ice.Me personally, I only watch him skate after slamming my boobs and solar plexus into the ice when he was first learning to skate. Couldn't breathe for hours. I was done, still I haven't sold my lovely white skates.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Ummm..someone is just now discovering indoor ice rinks? Holy cow! My nephew, Andrew has been an ice skater since he was 5, now he's 21. He practices 3 hours a day on a slow day, coaches now 2.5 hours and has off ice training for 2 hour or more. I will say this he eats more than 6000 calories a day and we know from the physiologists and trainers that he works with that he burns more than that. He has amazing Lance Armstrong like endurance, skill, and strength (he's muscled unlike other male figure skaters). But he also has the aches and pains of an 80 year old. But he still striving for his Olympic Dream. Vancouver 2010. I'll be shopping/site seeing when he's not on the ice. Me personally, I only watch him skate after slamming my boobs and solar plexus into the ice when he was first learning to skate. Couldn't breathe for hours. I was done, still I haven't sold my lovely white skates.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
i ♥ iceskating :)
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
i ♥ iceskating :)
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
So I hate to be the negative nancy here, but I've got ice skating a total of 4 times in my life and injured myself all 4 times. THe last time, the toe pick got caught in a deep groove (like someone stood there moving their skate back and forth to make a deep gash) and I didn't just stumble, I just landed on my knees then hands/body/face. I was in so much pain I had to be carried off the ice. It was HORRIBLE. Anyway, I'm sure if you're good at it it's super fun, just anyone doing it for the first time, be careful of the toe picks!!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
So I hate to be the negative nancy here, but I've got ice skating a total of 4 times in my life and injured myself all 4 times. THe last time, the toe pick got caught in a deep groove (like someone stood there moving their skate back and forth to make a deep gash) and I didn't just stumble, I just landed on my knees then hands/body/face. I was in so much pain I had to be carried off the ice. It was HORRIBLE. Anyway, I'm sure if you're good at it it's super fun, just anyone doing it for the first time, be careful of the toe picks!!
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
As a figure skater most of my life, I agree!
divinelight divinelight 8 years
I figure skated for 11 years and miss it very much. My skates are a size too small now though. I should be a new pair and get back into it!
terrywagner123 terrywagner123 8 years
I already skate, in fact, we had a Cristmas show last night and anther one tonight, our costume's were gorgeous and the show was fabulous.
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