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Skate Away

Is the ice on the roads interfering with your running regimen? If life gives you ice, ice skate. Seriously, ice skating is a great way to mix up your work out. Plus it is way less stressful on your joints than running. Skating challenges your stamina and balance. Because you are riding that thin little edge your core is put to the test to keep you upright. Plus it is a bone building exercise too.

If you are going to try skating, rent skates that are tight fitting. They should be tighter than your street shoes. Also, dress in layers to keep warm and cushion your falls. Most rinks offer classes and you can learn basic skills like skating backwards and how to fall correctly.

The big bonus to skating is that skating at a moderate pace burns between 430 - 500 calories (depending on weight). Plus it is fun for the whole family. So head to the rink and get skating.

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Beaner Beaner 9 years
Just waiting for the cold weather to come....
peepshow peepshow 9 years
Whew. That's good to hear. Me, no thanks. I'd go sky diving (maybe) but NEVER go on a frozen lake.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
Haha, peepshow... Last year was the first time I ever went out on a frozen lake and I made everyone else walk five feet in front of me. They got to the middle and drilled a hole with an auger to make sure. Thanks, though!!
peepshow peepshow 9 years
That makes me nervous just readin that Butrfly! Be sure to do research on ice and thickness and that sort of thing. I think that would be my worst fear. Falling through thin ice.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
Is that per hour? I've never skated before, but my mom bought a new house on a lake, so we're going to make a rink this year - if the lakes ever freeze! I'm excited to learn with my kids!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Another really fun winter sport. Love it!
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