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In-line skating is a great way for kids to have fun while exercising.
Many parents are concerned about their kids health, fitness, and well-being. In-line skating can be a great addition to any exercise program.
Instead of getting locked into doing walking, running, or bike riding it is a good idea to have a multi-pronged approach to kid exercises.
Roller-blading builds strong lungs, lower back strength, shoulder developement and provides fantastic leg building potential.
The glutes (butt muscles) are firmed up, the hip flexors are stretched and the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves get a lot of work.
If your child has some flab around the mid-section, in addition to doing ab exercises or stomach exercise, movement and aerobic exercise contributes to fat loss around the stomach, lower back, and “love handle” area.
Not to mention, it is a lot of fun when done with someone you like.
Roller blading can be considered an aerobic activity. Aerobic simply means the body is using more oxygen, the heart rate is increased, and the metabolism is engaged. These are all essential to child weight loss and fitness.
Helping your kids lose weight takes some work and proactive parenting, and establishing fun activities such as roller-blading a couple times a week, along with walking, or bike riding will add variety and keep exercise interesting.
Getting the right equipment makes it more fun.
Having a helmet is essential to their safety. I know they won’t want to wear one, but its easy to fall wearing roller-blades, and you don’t want to take a trip to the hospital, so make sure they have a helmet. It could save their life.
Elbow pads and knee pads help the joints if a child should take a spill. In addition to roller-blades, that’s about all your kids will need to begin adding roller blading to their child exercise program.
When buying roller blades, make sure you buy decent equipment. Exercise is so much more enjoyable when you are comfortable.
So buying some Barbie roller blades probably won’t cut it, so plan on spending somewhere in the range of $50 to $99 for a good pair that will be comfortable.
A Roller Blade Child Exercise Workout
When first starting out try roller-blading for 15 minutes at a slow pace. As your child gets better at it, increase the amount of time to up to 30 minutes at five minute intervals.
Spice it up a bit by throwing in some competition against a stop watch or another child. Set up a sprint of 25 to 50 yards and time them. Challenge them to beat their time, and make sure you provide a reward that is motivating.
When a child sprints, there is increase heart rate and blood flow. The lungs build up greater capacity and overall health is increased. Additionally, sprints add muscle mass to the legs and buttocks, which helps burn fat from the body more efficiently.
Adding roller-blading to your child’s exercise endeavor will make it more interesting and add fun. Children should get 30 minutes of sustained activity a day, and mixing it up for them helps them develop the healthy habit of child exercise and fitness.