Finding an Exercise That's Right For You

When changing to a healthier lifestyle, nutrition is essential, but exercise is equally important. Choosing a physical activity you enjoy is the most pleasurable way to get fit. Ice skating is probably my favourite physical activity. When I was a child, I spent my days after school in the local arena with my coach perfecting my Salchow, and eventually an Axel. My weekends were spent skating with my family on the local outdoor rink. While my mom and I worked on our routines for the mother daughter figure skating dance competitions, my dad and my brother played hockey. It can be an enjoyable way to get some exercise, improve cardiovascular health, and lose weight. The whole family can do it together! A few of the benefits of ice skating: If you’re a novice, ice skating is a difficult activity to master, thus it will raise your heart rate. This makes it a very good exercise for cardiovascular health. Skating regularly increases your heart rate, which will help increase your metabolism, aiding in weight loss. Skating helps replace fat with muscle. Figure skating in particular requires you to use a lot of muscles. If you’re a novice, you should look into classes at your local arenas. It’s best to start out with lessons, stopping alone is tricky for a new skater. Paying for a class also forces you to set aside time for regular exercise. You might find skating difficult at first, but don’t give up, it really is a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. To reap the benefits of skating, make sure you do it regularly. I plan to hit the outdoor rinks at least 3 times a week this winter!

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