So You Think You Can Skate?


Tonight I went ice skating outside at the National Sculpture Garden in D.C.  It was delightful to be outside and skate to my heart’s delight.  When on the rink I think the inner kid comes out in all of us as we try to do some spins (if we aren’t holding on for dear life) and perfect (or at least try) our skating backwards skills.  I like to think I’m a pretty good skater thanks in part to the skating lessons my dad signed me up for as a kid.  While I never got around to learning jumps and spins I can skate fast, stop quickly, and shift quickly from forward to backwards skating.  Ask me to roller skate and I’ll be on the ground before you had a chance to see me fall.  Skating to me is so much more effortless and in my next life, I would most certainly be a championship figure skater.

I was curious to read up on some of the health benefits of skating and according to the U.S. Figure Skating Association, one can burn from 250 to 810 calories per hour during recreational skating.  Wow!  Skating is great for the heart, builds endurance, a happy outlook (fresh air, exercise and being with friends) and much more.  It would be pretty awesome if the rink was walking distance to my office–I’d go on my lunch break a few times a week and I can only imagine how much more positive the rest of my day would be.

So if you want an alternative to running during the cold weather, I encourage a cold weather ice skating outing.  It will do the body good!

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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