What Science explain
Although it may come as a surprise, experts and researchers have gone on to back up facts and evidence about skateboarding as an exercise. According to the CDCP (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), skateboarding is “a moderately intense aerobatic activity.” Scholars from around the world have likened jogging, rope jumping, and cycling to skateboarding. And that’s not all. Skateboarding is a leading sport that is considered a lifestyle and culture.
Men’s Fitness journal interviewed Dr. Michele Olson, a trainer and fitness expert at AUM’s Scharff – Olson Kinesiology Lab. Pointed out that “a skateboarder doing trickeries on their board, by pushing it around, can accelerate cardiovascular system and burn between eight to 12 calories per minute.”
Also, she continued to say that “maintaining balance on the board is a great workout for the hamstring, quads, glutes, lower back, and abs.”
Skateboarding helps to reduce excess weight.
The few people who do not skateboard regularly consider skateboarding a hobby.However, this is not the case. Skateboarding is a full-body exercise. It works your body muscles from the legs, arms to your core muscles and heart.
Skateboarding – though enjoyed much by children and teens – can be a dynamic and enjoyable workout for adults.
For instance, a 1-hour workout with your skateboard (for a 125-pound person) helps burn 280 calories. For a 180-pound person, it helps burn 440 calories.
A pound of fat contains about 3,500 calories in stored energy. So, if you work out daily, for the whole week, you will burn between 2000-300 calories depending on your basal metabolic rate.
What muscles does skateboarding help build?
As you skateboard, you build muscles you did not discern. Below are four different kinds of muscles we explain.
Abdominal muscles, muscles around your spine, and hip muscle
These muscles are also known as core muscles. When you skateboard, you crouch to make turns, jump, and balance. These activities help build muscles and burn calories at the same time.
The hamstring has four muscles that extend from the glutes to the back of the knee.When you flex your knees as you skate, you build the four muscles significantly.
When skateboarding, you might not realize that you flex muscles around the ankles and toes. The lower points of your legs help you keep a balance when skating.
Quadriceps are four prevailing muscles built around the front of the thigh. When a person skates, they work out intensely around these muscles. Frequent flexing around the quadriceps helps you accelerate quickly while skateboarding.