Why You Should Add Skateboarding to Your Workout Routine

Posted on October 16th, 2017 at 8:06 pm by

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Skateboarding is fun and despite its popularity as a recreational activity, and as a sport, it seems that many people don’t take it seriously.  However, the fact that it will be included in the 2020 Olympics speaks loud and clear to its potential.

Skateboarding has appeared in the 1940s, and has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity.  Besides being fun for both the young and the old, it’s also a great activity to add to your workout sessions, because it constantly draws the skater back to itself.  Just by skating in one direction, you can get a good workout as skateboarding requires a high level of coordination and balance, while performing skateboarding tricks tax your muscles even more. Here are a few solid reasons why you should add this routine to your training program.

1. Coordination and flexibility

Skateboarding is among the best ways for improving your coordination, flexibility, and reflexes.  It requires coordination between different body parts. With skating, you can improve your mental and physical tenacity, which will be useful throughout your life.  When skating, you improve your flexibility as your body should stay limber and ankles flexible in order to be able to skate. The more you skate the better you’ll be at doing various things from driving to multi-tasking.

2. Muscle and bone strength

One of the main reasons why skateboarding is a great workout option, is the amazing muscle movement that happens when riding along or performing an ollie.  Skateboarding involves all the muscles in your body because it’s all about balance.  The muscles in your lower body are actively involved, while other muscles are involved due to the act of balancing.

Skateboarding works your:

Core muscles: the critical element of skateboarding because they allow you to balance on unstable surfaces.
Quadriceps: these four muscles form the front of your thighs, and are worked heavily with skateboarding, as they’re used for flexing your hip joint and extending your knee.
Hamstrings: a group of muscles that flex your knee (allowing you to bring your calves up toward the back of your thigh), and extend from your glutes to the back of your knee.
Lower legs: lower leg muscles such as calves assist your quads in extending your knees. Also, there are gastrocnemius and tibialis anterior (used for plantar flexion and dorsal flexion), which are used for shifting your weight or directional control.
– Gluteus maximus: one of the largest muscles in your body, extending from your hips to hamstrings, is an important stabilizing muscle that help you gain maximal speed and maintain balance when going from a crouched to upright posture.

Improve your balance by adding a layer of grip tape, which is a sand-papery layer applied to the top of your skateboard; that way your shoes will grip the board better.

3.  Self-Discipline

Practice makes perfect, right? Just like any sport, skateboarding requires you take some time in order to learn its nuances. It can serve as a tool for teaching self-accountability, because it can be performed alone.  On the other hand, skateboarding with your friends can be a lot of fun.

4. Stress relief

Is there a cooler way to relieve some stress than gliding on your skateboard along the street or doing simple skate tricks? This is a great way to burn calories and it’s a lot of fun at the same time. Once you gain complete control on your board, you can continue learning new moves, engage in a fun activity at any moment, and take your mind off your daily problems. Skateboarding can be a great motivational tool, especially when you don’t feel like working out. Half an hour on your skateboard and you’re ready to hit the gym.

Any activity that helps you improve both physically and mentally can be a great aid to your workout routine.  Skateboarding requires good coordination, flexibility, and focus in order to master it, while it works your muscles and joints as well.  It helps you relax, de-stress, and stay in the moment. If you’re a novice, be careful and use the right kind of gear such as proper skating shoes, helmet, and padding for elbows and arms.

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