Skate for Thought

The Top 10 Health Benefits of Roller Derby:

  • Improves cardio: Skating in a roller derby isn’t just about winning, but it’s also about skating at a fast pace, which induces a high adrenaline rush. This high intensity effort improves body composition due to the high number of calories burned, and it also increases cardio and respiratory endurance.

  • Improves balance: A key component in skating is finding your balance while on skates. And with roller derby being a contact sport, balance is everything. Mastering your skills to skate well, all while maintaining balance amidst a group of teammates and opponents trying to push you off the track, improves your coordination.

  • Aerobic and anaerobic benefits: Since an entire bout lasts for one hour, a skater’s aerobic capacity increases due to the extended amount of time she spends vigorously skating. In addition, anaerobic capacity increases during the short two-minute “jams,” or point-scoring plays, that require teams to perform short, high-intensity bursts of skating around the track.

  • Builds a healthy heart: According to scientists, just 20 to 30 minutes of additional skating activity each day will help your body become physically stronger and lower the risk of heart disease.

  • Promotes weight loss: You can burn 450 calories or more in 30 minutes during a competitive roller derby bout. Combined with a healthy diet, this can help you shed pounds!

  • Builds strength: The constant side-to-side movements help with improved muscle strength — from your glutes, quadriceps, adductors (inner thigh), abductors (outer thigh), and calves. It can also help strengthen your abdominal muscles as you have to be on a constant low while skating and bumping into other skaters. A strong core can help you stay on your feet during all the jostling — not to mention help your ability to forcefully push and block opponents — and strong legs can help you skate faster around the track.

  • Improves mental health: Roller skating helps clear the mind because it keeps your body active. Participating in a roller derby bout can also help you let out a little aggression, which can be a great stress reliever after a long day.

  • Boosts self confidence: When your mind is stimulated in a positive way, you become less stressed, thus improving your mood and self-confidence. Roller skating helps erase self-doubts and reduces depression by developing mind and body connectivity.

  • Instills a sense of teamwork: Roller derby can help develop teamwork among members. It encourages fair play, cooperation and respect for one another. It also develops a sense of belonging and teaches you to be more open to learning, not only for yourself, but for the others in your group as well.

  • Improves endurance: Roller derby can help increase muscle endurance, and the longer you practice competing in one-hour bouts, the stronger your endurance becomes, especially in your lower body.

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