Fitness benefits

Benefits of skating


Roller skating has made a huge comeback. It is great exercise and highly addictive! We are in a time where childhood obesity is at an all time high and exercise is critical. Fun exercise is much more sustainable and roller skating is nothing but fun!

Roller skating is a great family activity and is enjoyed by both young and old.

Roller skating is ranked among the best aerobic exercises according to the American Heart Association and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. Roller skating is a workout that involves almost all of the body’s muscles and in particular the heart. The National Institute for Fitness and Sports claims that roller skating works most of the major muscle groups – glutes, quads, abdomen, calves and arms. According to a study by the University of Massachusetts, roller skating causes 50% less impact on your joints than running. In other words, an aerobic roller skating workout has the same benefit as the same amount of time spent jogging without the joint damage.

Many people quit their exercise regime out of boredom. Roller skating is a sport where you can find yourself in a group of literally hundreds of people doing the same thing. They are not skating for exercise; they are skating for the fun, music, lights and socialising. It’s easy to burn an hour of fitness by roller skating! Skatescool also offer roller skating classes for adults called Skatercise. These classes are a mixture of a Cardio workout, skill building and fun.


Six important health benefits will result from a regular program of skating activities. Muscle endurance and strength will improve, flexibility will increase with a little help, body composition will change due to calories burned, cardio and respiratory endurance will increase, balance and coordination will improve and mental clarity and connectivity will get better.

An average 64.4kg person skating at 16 km can experience caloric burn of as much as 600 calories in an hour roller skating. Most people average in the 9.6 km range and will burn an average of 350 calories or greater.

Just 20 to 30 minutes of skating activity each day will help your body become physically stronger and lower the risk of heart disease. You can skate your way to improved mental health, too. Consider your skating exercise activities as an opportunity for much-needed mental quiet time. Choose scenic skating locations or good company to help brighten your mood, and let your workout shift your body’s chemical balance for a naturally induced feeling of well-being.

In summary the key benefits of roller skating are:

  • Low-impact exercise for joints
  • High caloric burn
  • Aerobically as good as jogging or cycling
  • Involves all the major muscle groups
  • Mentally uplifting
  • Fun, hip and possibly glamorous
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Encourages socialising and friendships
  • Great family activity enjoyed by the young and old