Suppose, you want to lose weight for improving fitness. So which exercise should you select? Is rollerblading or walking better? You may go out and have a walk, which is completely right. But if you want to burn calories rapidly, you should select rollerblades for exercise. This article will describe you more about that.
Rollerblading can burn an average of 8.7 calories per minute. On the other hand, brisk walking can burn 6.2 calories per minute. If your purpose is getting cardiovascular fitness, rollerblade will allow you to rush and bring more effort. It engages several muscles in a fun but effective way. Now we will focus on the comparison.
A) Calories burned when rollerblading vs walking
So I have already mentioned above that rollerblading can burn more calories than walking. Because you will move faster, engaging more muscles, and maintaining balance during the rollerblading. But is this accurate all the time? And how substantial is the difference?
Now, we will focus on the calculation of calories burned during walking for 30 minutes-
If you walk a mile in only 17 minutes, then it will count as a 3.5 mph walk. If your body weight is 125 pounds, you can burn 120 calories in half an hour duration of walking. For a person of 155 pounds can burn 149 calories and 185 pounds person will burn 178 calories.
At the speed of 4 mph walk, if we calculate the same weight, then 135, 167, and 200 calories will burn out. And at a speed of 4.5 mph, 150, 186, and 222 calories will burn respectively for those weights. Although this is an average calculation and it may vary as well as depends on some factors like your age, sex, heat, fitness, fat to muscle ratio, etc.
Now for rollerblading: A person with 125 pounds of body weight will burn 210 calories in half an hour duration of rollerblading. For a person of 155 pounds person will burn 260 calories and 185 pounds of body weight person will burn 311 calories in the same amount of time by rollerblading.
So, if we compare rollerblading with walking in case of a person, body weight is 185 pounds as-
Rollerblading = 311 calories.
Walking = 222 calories.
We can see about 100 calories more which is almost 40% more calories burned during rollerblading within the same amount of time.
That is a big difference. If you rollerblade and walk for two hours-
Rollerblading = 1,244 calories.
Walking = 888 calories.
At the duration of two hours, you will be able to burn 356 calories more. So, above this, it is clear on your eyes that you will be able to lose more weight if you rollerblade regularly.
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B) Muscles used in rollerblading vs walking
Both rollerblading and walking works on body muscles. But the major difference is all about the movement of the muscle. When you rollerblade, your body forces upward and downward movement which requires the hip flexors to an angle shifting, together with a portion of the muscles in the core to balance the body through the motion. This will strengthen your core muscles.
Besides this, rollerblading will work on your auxiliary muscle groups like anterior serratus and latissimus dorsi muscle. But if you walk, these muscles will not build up. That is the main difference. Although both rollerblading and walking are good for muscles like hamstring, quadriceps, gluteus maximus, the calf, upper abdominals, lower abdominals, and the biceps. Thus, you will get extra benefits from rollerblading.
So, this is a comparative article between rollerblading and walking. Above this discussion, it is clear that rollerblading is the perfect choice of exercise for you. Let’s have a great time with the ride!
Samantha Nichols says
There is no definitive answer as it all depends on personal preferences and needs. Some may prefer skating because it burns more calories, while others appreciate walking because the activity is so easy.