GET ON THE ICE!

GET ON THE ICE!

23/02/2022

During the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, figure skating was the third most popular sport on UK TV. You might be more likely to associate ice skating with gracefulness and whimsy before fitness and strength, but in reality, this sport is one of the hardest disciplines to master.

Fortunately, you needn’t be a professional skater to reap the many health and fitness benefits offered by this elegant sport – in fact, you’ll start experiencing improvements in strength, balance, and coordination after just one session on the ice.
 

Like training at KB Fitness, this isn’t your typical workout, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one you shouldn’t explore. Whether you have access to a home rink, public rink, or regularly take trips down to some frozen river up North, it’s time to take a closer look at ice skating and the many powerful health benefits it offers.

Boosts Muscle And Joint Health
One of the most prominent aspects of ice-skating related fitness is that of muscle and joint health. The body needs regular motion in order to develop strong joints and muscles, making the energy-exhaustive practice of ice skating perfect for maintaining health in this area.

Skating activates just about every group of muscles in the upper body, and the continuous motion of gliding requires synchronised leg movements which build up strength in the knees, hips, and ankles.

Improved Coordination And Balance
You can’t skate without strong balance abilities, as the ice will so often remind you. Along with the muscle and joint strength that skating facilitates comes drastically improved coordination and balance. If you are skating on a synthetic rink, you may experience additional friction, which leads to an even more developed sense of balance. The maintenance of a synthetic home rink can provide further benefits of fitness, such as regular mopping and the application of an ice resurfacing product. With regular practice, ice skating will encourage your body to cultivate strong balance abilities, as well as better coordination between your feet, legs, arms, and core.

 

Effectively Reduces Anxiety And Stress
In addition to all of the physical health benefits of ice skating, there are mental and emotional ones to address, too. It’s common knowledge that exercise of any kind helps promote the production of “happy” hormones such as endorphins and serotonin, both of which are essential for managing stress levels.
Whether you partake for pleasure or health, there’s no doubt about the fact that this wonderfully enigmatic sport contributes to a high level of general wellbeing.
 
Written by Jennifer Dawson

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