Benefits of Ice Skating at Any Level
October 29, 2021
You may think skating is only a fun winter activity for kids but it’s also a great total body workout with amazing health and wellness benefits for adult skaters. We spoke with Chelsea Piers Figure Skating Director and former skater, Stephanie Hernandez to break down the top benefits of ice skating.
1. Cardiovascular Benefits:
Ice skating trains both your aerobic and anaerobic systems, and it’s a fantastic total body workout that beats running on the treadmill or doing crunches and squats.
2. Joint + Muscle Health:
Ice skating helps strengthen your core and increase balance and coordination which helps you both on and off the ice. Not to mention, it develops great posture. Skating and specifically gliding requires synchronized movement of the legs, which is important for joint flexibility.
3. Decreases Stress:
Working out in general is a great way to manage and help to decrease your overall stress levels. In addition, ice skating is a fun way to boost self-confidence as you learn new moves on the ice. Some great beginner skills include forward and backward swizzles and crossovers. If you're more advanced, skills can include spins and jumps.
Although you might think ice skating is highly competitive, it is actually a great way to meet new people and socialize. Many Skating School programs offer group classes for all levels. You can meet many new people with similar interests in your group classes.
5. Cross-Training Opportunity:
If you’re an athlete already, ice skating is a fun way to cross-train for other sports because of its health benefits including balance, coordination, endurance, joint flexibility and more. All of these skills can help during your off-season conditioning.
If you’re interested in starting your skating journey, check out the Winter Skating School classes available for adults of all levels. We have a class for every skater to enjoy, plus private lessons, group lessons and General Skating sessions so that you can share your love for skating with your friends and family.