Your first thoughts are probably of couples holding hands circling the rink at Rockefeller Center under the towering 74 foot Norway Spruce.
Most wouldn’t think immediately of ice skating as being a fun, yet calorie-burning, cardiovascular system benefiting fitness activity.
Burning around 100 calories in just 15 minutes according to a Wellsphere article, ice skating offers loads of health benefits.
Skating improves endurance and muscle tone as well as aiding in mental fitness. It can also help to de-stress and increase alertness.
I took particular interest in this Ezine article which compares running to ice skating. According to the article, ice skating has similar aerobic and cardiovascular benefits to running. But, as a “low impact” exercise form, it’s not as hard on your joints.
So, why all the talk about ice skating?
I went ice skating with friends at the Somerset House ice rink last night. At first, I expected to be slightly bored due to the fact that we were scheduled to skate in circles on the relatively small rink for an entire hour.
I quickly changed my mind when I laced up my Nike skates and hit the ice chatting with friends and laughing at each others skating abilities.
The energy on the rink was electric and it was interesting in itself just to watch other skaters show off, fall down, cling to the railing and laugh with their friends.
The rink was gorgeous… of course Somerset House is gorgeous. They put up a giant Christmas tree and above the classical Victorian building, the word SKATE was lit up in a rosy glow.
After a few laps, I started feeling the pangs of rarely used muscles. It reminded me of rock climbing because I always ache after a climbing session in the weirdest places because you use muscles that hardly ever get tapped.
I took the day off from running yesterday, but I definitely got my workout in anyways!
The snow started falling about halfway through our session and the whole scene was even more picturesque.
It almost made me appreciate the snow and the cold weather.
After trekking through the leftover hardened snow on the way to the gym this morning, I quickly remembered why I wasn’t so fond of it pre-skating.
But hey, I must admit there are certain advantages to living somewhere with actual seasons. Although, I say that while sitting in my cozy flat, wearing my PINK sweatpants and sipping my newly purchased Harrod’s rooibos tea…