Whether you play hockey, figure skate or go for a leisure skate with your family, ice skating can be a great activity for all ages. Strength, stability and control are key elements of both competitive and recreational skating.
By travelling across a slippery surface on skates, you challenge your stability which helps improve your balance. Skating helps strengthen leg muscles. As some skaters often become quadricep dominant, it is important to focus on the hip extension movement as you skate to build your buttock as well as your thigh muscles. Skating provides a great aerobic workout which is important for cardiovascular health. As it requires energy over an extended period of time, it is also a great way to build your endurance. Regular activity can improve your mental fitness by helping combat the effects of stress!
There is risk of injury with skating, so don’t forget to warm-up, stretch and cool down. Take your time on the ice to help prevent falls. Helmets and protective gear should always be worn in hockey, and children and beginner skaters should wear helmets.
Stay active this winter!