What’s the Difference Between Garmin Forerunner 620 and 630?

Two years after the release of Garmin Forerunner 620, the Forerunner 630 was finally released last October 2015. Both watches still feature a high-resolution colour touchscreen so you may be wondering what all the upgrades are. Let’s begin with the physical appearance.

Forerunner 630 is slightly thinner, heavier, and has a bigger display

Physical Dimensions

Forerunner 620: 1.8″ x 1.8″ x 0.5″ (45 x 45 x 12.5 mm)

Forerunner 630: 1.77″ x 1.77″ x 0.46″ (45 x 45 x 11.7 mm)

Display Size, WxH:

Forerunner 620: 1.0″ (25.4 mm) diameter

Forerunner 630: 1.23″ (31.1 mm) diameter

Display Resolution, WxH

Forerunner 620: 180 x 180 pixels

Forerunner 630: 215 x 180 pixels

Weight

Forerunner 620: 1.5 oz (43.6 g)

Forerunner 630: 1.6 oz (44 g)

Forerunner 630 has all the bells and whistles than 620 and more!

Like the previous model, the Forerunner 630 has the same advanced features such as recovery advisor, race predictor, VO2 max estimate, and built-in accelerometer. It still features Live Tracking and the ability to auto sync data via Wi-Fi through the Garmin Connect Mobile app where you analyze, categorize and share data using your smart phone. Both FR 620 and FR 630 are water proof up to 50 metres.

New features available on the Forerunner 630 are as follows:

  • Activity Tracking features such as step counter, auto goal, move bar, and sleep monitoring
  • GLONASS
  • Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)
  • Social media sharing
  • Audio Prompts
  • Music control
  • Find my phone
  • VIRBĀ® control
  • Virtual Racer™ (compete against other activities)
  • Customize your data fields, and download watch faces, widgets and applications all for free at Connect IQ

Advanced running dynamics and physiological measurements when paired with HRM4-Run monitor such as the following metrics:

  • Stride Length: Measures the length of a runner’s stride in real time.
  • Ground Contact Time Balance: Measures a runner’s ground contact symmetry, which some runners have found to correlate with injuries or strength imbalances.
  • Vertical Ratio: The cost-benefit ratio of vertical oscillation to stride length, serving as one indicator of a runner’s efficiency.
  • Lactate Threshold: Estimates the level of effort at which fatigue rapidly increases in terms of a runner’s heart rate and pace.
  • Stress Score: Measures heart rate variability to make an assessment of a user’s overall level of stress.
  • Performance Condition: Provides a real-time fitness-level measurement relative to a runner’s average baseline, which indicates performance readiness for the day’s workout or race.

Forerunner 630 offers longer battery life in training mode

The battery life in training mode has now increased to up to 16 hours in Forerunner 630 compared to 10 hours in the Forerunner 620. Battery life in watch mode is around 4 weeks in FR 630 compared to around 6 weeks in the previous version, additional connectivity features and daily activity tracking being exchanged for the battery life.

Should you upgrade?

It depends what watch you’re upgrading from. If you have a multisport GPS watch such as the Garmin Forerunner 920XT, TomTom Multisport GPS, or Suunto Ambit3 Sport, or an outdoor watch like the Garmin fenix, or epix, or Suunto Ambit2, or Ambit3 Peak, then you would be missing the features for swimming, cycling, hiking, and other outdoor functionalities.

If you’re using a Forerunner 220/620, or similar GPS running watches from Suunto and TomTom, and would like to have activity tracking and smart notifications from your phone, then upgrading to the Garmin Forerunner 630 is a good move. The Forerunner 630 is the latest flagship running GPS watch from Garmin. It’s Garmin’s most advanced running-specific watch.

However, if you only need the core functions of a GPS running watch and don’t require phone notifications and advanced running dynamics, then earlier models like the Garmin Forerunner 220/620, Suunto Ambit2R, or TomTom Runner GPS would work well. Although these running watches don’t have the latest features available on the new models, they still are great choices for runners.

Source by Joseph Pasamonte

The Big 3 Factors in Choosing a Sports Handicapper

Are you a sports fan who likes to bet on his favorite team? Are you a casual bettor or do you bet on sports seriously? For casual bettors who enjoy plopping down a few bucks on a game of interest, there is not so much a need to pay for a professional service that provides betting advice. It’s just a little money on an interesting game, and it makes spectating a little more enjoyable. But for those individuals who take their sports betting seriously, they may want to consider hiring a sports handicapping service.

In many cases, it can make sense to hire a handicapping service, but you need to understand exactly what you are paying for. You’re not hiring the handicapper (also known as “capper”), for some additional counsel. They shouldn’t be viewed as just another opinion. If you are going to pay handicappers, then you should take their tips and bet them accordingly. Picking and choosing which bets to play may not be the best strategy.

So let us assume you have made the decision to hire a capper because you are serious about making money in the world of sports betting. What should you look for in your search? Although there are many similarities in the various cappers, there are also some differences as well. In this article we will review three of the most important considerations.

Look for an Experienced Handicapper

There is an old saying that there is no substitute for experience and that is very true in the world of sports handicapping. Make no mistake that capping sports games successfully takes a lot of hard work. There are many variables to consider and these guys need time in the business to really figure out how to do their jobs effectively. That usually involves many years in the business. Thus, look for a handicapper with at least ten years of solid experience handicapping sports.

Find a Handicapper Who Posts Results Publicly

In the business of sports betting, there are many handicappers who prefer to keep their identities and results private. That may serve their own needs well, but for me, I want to know who I am hiring and what their track record for successful capping has been. Look for someone who isn’t afraid of being transparent, if not with their identity, at least with their results. It is common knowledge that even the top handicappers are only successful 55-60% of the time. Make sure the handicapper has a success rate of a minimum of 55%, so that you can bet profitably over the long run. After all, you are paying him for his expertise and he should therefore be willing to own up to all of his picks.

Ensure the Pricing Structure Fits into Your Budget

The bottom line in professional sports betting is making money. The bookmaker must get paid. The handicapper must get paid, and you, the bettor, wants to get paid too. Before you hire a handicapper, make sure you have a complete understanding of his prices. Are you paying for a subscription? If so, how long does it last, and is the renewal rate the same? Calculate the handicapper’s fees into your formula to determine how successful you need to be to profitable. Higher priced handicappers are more suited for the bigger bettors.

Conclusion

Who is the best sports handicapper? The answer may surprise you. There are quite a few good ones out there. If you choose one that has been capping for at least ten years, posts their results publicly, and has a fair pricing structure, then you have done your homework and are ready to dive into sports betting with a good partner.

Source by Phil Fogliani

How Youth Sports Have Changed Over the Years and at What Cost to the Children Playing Them

Playing little league baseball or joining your first soccer team when you were 9 years old used to be fun, entry level experiences for kids to be exposed to the fun of learning how to play a particular sport. You used to try a recreational league for a season and then if you wanted to, could try a different sport the next season. Youth sports have changed quite a bit in the past 20-30 years and now kids are starting to play organized team sports as young as 3 or 4 years old and picking a sport to specialize in and play year round by the ages of only 10 with special private coaching and using the best pitching machines and batting cages in the off season, for example. The level of intensity for youth sports is the same as it was for high school and even some college athletes 25 years ago and this is leading to a host of new problems.

One of the biggest changes is the age at which children are now signed up for sports. Years ago, the youngest age typically would be about 7 or 8 to try soccer and 10 or 11 to start basketball. Now it is 3 for soccer and 5 years old for basketball. Most of the kids at these young ages do not have the physical coordination or the attention span to be able to handle an hour long sports practice. Because of this, kids give up on a sport earlier because it was too hard for them.

Kids are also being told that they have to specialize and focus on one sport by the time they are 10 years old in order to get an athletic scholarship to college. This has increased stress related injuries in much younger kids as a result of overdoing it on their growing bodies. The overuse on the kids physically and mentally has created an entire generation of kids that totally burn out by the time they reach middle school or high school which is a real shame.

This more intense level of athletics at a younger age is also seen by the coaches and the parents too. There have been so many parents that got caught up in their children’s games or competitions that they cause problems with their inappropriate behaviors and have to be kicked out. Because of this, most schools and youth leagues now require parents to sign a contract for acting in a well mannered way. Coaching has also become much more intense for kids. In the past a parent would volunteer to coach and that would be it. Now parents are hiring private coaches and personal trainers to get their child to be even better than they are. The amount of money parents now spend on their children’s athletic pursuits is sky high.

Maybe, people will realize that kids need to be kids and do not need the physical or mental stress that is being put on them athletically by their coaches and parents.

Source by Connor R Sullivan

Save Gas This Summer – "Staycation" in Boston!

Gas has gotten more and more expensive over this past year. I’m sure that we can all remember, even 6 months ago, our horror at the possibility of a gallon of gas hitting $4.00. As prices stand today, the average is currently $4.00 here on the East Coast and there is no end in sight. For those of us who love taking summer vacations with our friends, family, and loved ones, this is a depressing thought. It’s impacting not only the price of filling up our own personal gas tanks, but also the price of airfare, cruises, and all other forms of transportation to get us out of town on our vacations.

However, there is no need to worry! Here in Boston, we live in a world-class city, and in all of our travels around the country and world, we have really taken that fact for granted. Mayor Menino himself feels our pain and has created a campaign called “Visit the Pin” and he has chosen 10 attractions around the city at which to place giant, 12-foot, red “push pins”. The pins have been created to grab our attention and alert us to all the wonderful attractions that Boston has to offer. However, while the places he has chosen are pretty great, they are also very touristy and if you have lived here for a while, you have probably already been to them – maybe even several times.

I have created a list of some of the great, under appreciated spots in Boston that you should visit for the first time, or visit again! I’ve organized them into 10 can’t-miss “day” trips. This list is chock-full of ideas. You may find that each “day” trip contains more than you would be able to accomplish in one day, so you might have to choose the attraction(s) that appeal most to you. Be sure to visit the websites for each of the suggestions for more information. I have tried to choose cost-effective suggestions so that your week off won’t break the bank. All you need is your T pass (and not an ounce of gasoline) for a wonderful “Staycation” week in Boston!

1. Day Trip #1: Fine Arts and Culture

If you live here, you have probably spent time at the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall at some point, but there are MANY other ways to explore arts and culture in Boston. Stop by two or three of these lesser known spots for a very enriching day! I would suggest an art museum or two in the morning and afternoon and a performance in the evening. You could even head over to the waterfront to have lunch at the Channel Cafe (food and drink/art gallery). Be sure to click below and visit the various websites ahead of time for hours, special show and exhibit info.

* Take in some art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

* Visit the new Institute of Contemporary Art now on the waterfront

* Get tickets to a show at or take a tour of the newly restored Boston Opera House

* See a show at Emerson College’s Cutler Majestic Theater…

* … or at Harvard’s American Repertory Theater

* … or at Boston University’s Huntington Theater

* … or at the exciting Boston Center for the Arts

* Watch some Shakespeare on the Common presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

* Catch some amazing music at the Berkelee Berformance Center

* Support music of the 20th century through the Boston Modern Orchestra Project

2. Day Trip #2: Sports Appreciation

It seems that Boston is the center of the sports universe at the moment – the Red Sox moved into the All-Star break in first place after winning two World Championships in the past 4 years. The Patriots had an undefeated regular season this year after winning the Super Bowl in ’01, ’03, and ’04. This year, the Celtics won the NBA Finals in dramatic fashion. Even the Bruins and the Revolution made great showings in the playoffs. When thinking about what to see in Boston, sports appreciation is at the top of the list! While watching a major sports game might be out of your …

The Benefits of B Vitamins – The Happy Vitamin

One of the biggest complaints in today's society is "I'm tired", "I have no energy", or "I'm depressed". Vitamin B, also known as the Happy Vitamin, can help to reduce these complaints. And in today's world, who couldn't use a HAPPY Vitamin?

Quite often these symptoms are your body telling you it's missing something. Some necessary ingredient it needs to maintain an energetic, healthy state. If you give your body what it needs, it will maintain and heal itself. Our bodies are amazing machines that only require a little maintenance and raw materials.

B-Vitamins are one of those very important raw materials.

The "happy" vitamin, as the B vitamins are rightfully called, are perfect for bringing balance to many systems of the body. But what constitutes a good B-Complex supplement? Here are some rules:

First, let's look at composition.

There are eight known B vitamins and all good products have all eight, in a somewhat balanced form. The eight (8) are Thiamine (B-1), riboflavin (B-2) panothenic acid, niacin, vitamin B-6, biotin, folacin, and B-12. They are essential for human metabolism, growth, reproduction, general health, appetite, the normal functioning of the digestive tract, nervous stability and blood cell formation.

B vitamins are competitive in the body, thus the balance is important. B vitamins must be taken together in a balanced, complex form in order for your body to use them correctly. Your metabolism can be thrown off by taking an isolated component of the B's alone.

Some of the components of a B-complex are expensive to have in the supplement. Some are very inexpensive. Thus, when one sees 6000% of the recommended daily allowance of one B, (the less expensive one) and 20% of the expensive one, it is best to find out how much research has really gone into the product.

B vitamins are like a sports team. There is no "I in TEAM", we need everyone working together to achieve a winning combination. "You are only as strong as your weakest link." "Win one for the Gipper" — wait '- I think I am getting off track ….

The FDA does not require vitamin companies to do research on their products. Therefore most companies don't do much or any research at all – it costs too much. The old saying of "you get what you pay for" really does hold true for vitamins and supplements. It is worth the effort to find a company that does the clinical research and can back up their nutritional claims.

Second, you need to think about bioavailability. What happens to a nutrient when consumed? Does it pass through the system unused, or does it get into the blood stream in the correct amount and do the job it is meant to do?

It takes the right blend of all eight types of the B vitamin in order for it to be absorbed correctly. Folic acid is a great example of this. It is very difficult to get folic acid into the blood stream. If taken alone a large part of each pill would pass through you and never get absorbed. But if taken correctly in a balanced form, folic acid could reduce hospital charges for women of child bearing age up to an estimated 20 billion dollars per year.

B vitamins have many positive effects on our bodies. They are so important they are one of the few nutrients the federal government mandates to be added to certain foods.

The problem with depending on only foods for an adequate supply of B is that intense heat, slow cooking, light, baking soda and baking powder all destroy B vitamins.

Consuming sugar, alcohol, caffeine and processed foods also causes your body to lose its supply of B. If that weren't enough, stress is another factor that can lead to a depletion of your body's reserves.

The importance of supplementing your diet with B can be seen every time you eat foods containing carbohydrates. To metabolize carbohydrates, the body requires B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6, phosphorous, and magnesium. Since the last four of these are not replaced by "enrichment" of the food product, the body must draw on its own reserves.

For every ounce of white …

Are You Right For The Keto Diet?

These days, it seems like everyone is talking about the ketogenic (in short, keto) diet – the very low-carbohydrate, moderate protein, high-fat eating plan that transforms your body into a fat-burning machine. Hollywood stars and professional athletes have publicly touted this diet’s benefits, from losing weight, lowering blood sugar, fighting inflammation, reducing cancer risk, increasing energy, to slowing down aging. So is keto something that you should consider taking on? The following will explain what this diet is all about, the pros and cons, as well as the problems to look out for.

What Is Keto?

Normally, the body uses glucose as the main source of fuel for energy. When you are on a keto diet and you are eating very few carbs with only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can be converted to carbs), your body switches its fuel supply to run mostly on fat. The liver produces ketones (a type of fatty acid) from fat. These ketones become a fuel source for the body, especially the brain which consumes plenty of energy and can run on either glucose or ketones.

When the body produces ketones, it enters a metabolic state called ketosis. Fasting is the easiest way to achieve ketosis. When you are fasting or eating very few carbs and only moderate amounts of protein, your body turns to burning stored fat for fuel. That is why people tend to lose more weight on the keto diet.

Benefits Of The Keto Diet

The keto diet is not new. It started being used in the 1920s as a medical therapy to treat epilepsy in children, but when anti-epileptic drugs came to the market, the diet fell into obscurity until recently. Given its success in reducing the number of seizures in epileptic patients, more and more research is being done on the ability of the diet to treat a range of neurologic disorders and other types of chronic illnesses.

  • Neurodegenerative diseases. New research indicates the benefits of keto in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, and multiple sclerosis (MS). It may also be protective in traumatic brain injury and stroke. One theory for keto’s neuroprotective effects is that the ketones produced during ketosis provide additional fuel to brain cells, which may help those cells resist the damage from inflammation caused by these diseases.
  • Obesity and weight loss. If you are trying to lose weight, the keto diet is very effective as it helps to access and shed your body fat. Constant hunger is the biggest issue when you try to lose weight. The keto diet helps avoid this problem because reducing carb consumption and increasing fat intake promote satiety, making it easier for people to adhere to the diet. In a study, obese test subjects lost double the amount of weight within 24 weeks going on a low-carb diet (20.7 lbs) compared to the group on a low-fat diet (10.5 lbs).
  • Type 2 diabetes. Apart from weight loss, the keto diet also helps enhance insulin sensitivity, which is ideal for anyone with type 2 diabetes. In a study published in Nutrition & Metabolism, researchers noted that diabetics who ate low-carb keto diets were able to significantly reduce their dependence on diabetes medication and may even reverse it eventually. Additionally, it improves other health markers such as lowering triglyceride and LDL (bad) cholesterol and raising HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • Cancer. Most people are not aware that cancer cells’ main fuel is glucose. That means eating the right diet may help suppress cancer growth. Since the keto diet is very low in carbs, it deprives the cancer cells of their primary source of fuel, which is sugar. When the body produces ketones, the healthy cells can use that as energy but not the cancer cells, so they are effectively being starved to death. As early as 1987, studies on keto diets have already demonstrated reduced tumor growth and improved survival for a number of cancers.

Comparing Standard American, Paleo, & Keto Diets

(As a % of total caloric intake)

__________________________Carbs__________Protein_________Fat

Standard American Diet_____40-60%_________15-30%_________15-40%

Paleo Diet_________________20-40%_________20-35%_________25-50%

Keo Diet________________ __5-10%__________10-15%_________70-80%

The key distinction between the keto diet and the standard American or Paleo diets is that it contains far

Underwear for Sports – How to Choose the Best Running Underwear

So you have invested in a breathable T-shirt, running shorts, a pair of shoes and even new socks. Do you think that you are ready to take on your running sessions now? If you answered YES, you are mistaken. Without a pair of well-fitted underwear, you are not prepared yet. A good or a bad pair of the underpants can make a lot of difference in the runner’s world. Suffering from chaffing or any other problem down there would the last thing on an athlete’s mind. Therefore, now is the time to invest in a pair of comfortable and supportive pair of undies so that everything remains in place during your next exercise session.

While engaging in sports, remember to choose an underwear that can firmly hold your assets in place. Never go in for the cheap underpants as they will not provide you with the required protection and support. Remember to choose underpants made up of a breathable and comfortable fabric as you will not like to end up feeling all hot, sweaty and uncomfortable after a session of your exercise.

How To Choose The Best Pair

A good pair of underwear will make it easy for you to enjoy a game of your favorite sports. It will add a layer of insulation and support, generally lacking in shorts with built-in liners. So now let’s get started on how to pick up the best pair of running underwear.

The Fabric

First thing first, the most important thing to look for in an underwear is its ability to keep you dry. One of the major concerns of a sportsmen is to remain dry while dealing with the humid conditions. While most of the underpants are not designed to cope up with the perspiration, some of them are. Choose an underwear that is made up of moisture wicking fabric to keep you dry in any kind of conditions.

Moisture wicking underwear:

Dries faster

Transports sweat away from the skin

Immediately absorbs the moisture

So ditch those old cotton underwear and choose the best pair of underwear present in the market.

The Fit

Next it is vital to choose a pair of underwear that fits you perfectly. Pouch underwear is a better option than their regular counterparts as they can be adjusted according to a person’s comfort level. Therefore choose a comfortable pair that fits you well.

Shop smart

As you can easily find a pair of shoes, T-shirts or shorts that fit you perfectly, so can you come across a pair of runner’s underwear.The main objective here is to accomplish the target for the day, however, it is equally important to stay dry and comfortable while running to avoid chaffing. Therefore, shop around specialized stores to find a pair that fits your requirements perfectly. Look on the internet to get your hands on that perfect pair of underpants at discounted rates. Remember to shop smart for your runner underwear.

The Segmentation

While some people are comfortable wearing briefs, other finds boxers as a better option, however, there are some who think boxer briefs suits them the best. Therefore, it all depends on a person’s personal preference. Some companies also split their underwear section to help people buy a pair according to their needs. Thus, choose a product that provides optimal comfort.

If you are training in hot and humid conditions, choosing underwear that holds moisture will be the biggest mistake. Therefore, remember to opt for a runner underwear made up of moisture wicking fabric. Choosing runner underwear is a simple process as long as you know that you are purchasing a comfortable pair. Select tight fitting pouch underwear made up of breathable fabric for maximum support and isolation.

Source by Eric N. Jones

Silk Screening on Team Sports Uniforms Considered

If you are a coach or part of a nonprofit kids group that wears uniforms then you know that it is important to get quality uniforms for a very low price. If your team has 12 to 15 games during the season let's say for soccer or Little League, then your game shirts and uniforms will be worn perhaps 16 times including team pictures.

This also means that they will probably be washed at least 15 times in the wash machine. Uniforms go through a lot of the abuse on the field and in the wash. This is why you need strong uniforms. You also need lightweight material for better performance of your athletes, but with all that said; you also need to save money. This makes picking out uniforms very difficult when you are on a budget and sometimes it means you might need an extra car wash fundraiser or some were candy sales to make up the difference.

Now let's talk about silk screening on team sport uniforms. When putting silk screens on uniforms you must be very careful not to make the logos to large because it can cause the shirts to stick together or get too hot. Also, as the athlete moves around the logo cannot be read if it is too big.

Many nylons type shirts will not be able to have silk screening because it will melt the shirt. These are all serious considerations to ask your uniform vendor about before spending the extra money on quality sportswear for your athletes. Please consider all this in 2006

Source by Lance Winslow

Football Bet Sports 101 – Where to Place a Good Bet

Football fans believe that betting on spreads gives you a million fortunes on bet sports. It is not that simple. Winning a series of bets is kind of difficult. Experts say starting on spreads is a good turn but it does not work that way. Here are the things that you need to know before placing your bet.

o Sports bookmakers' advice gamblers to place a $ 100 bet as a start. Although this seems like the best way to start, you can collect your own sum of bet. Usually, professionals place as much as $ 20,000 per game while online sports bettors place as low as $ 1. It is really up to you with the amount you want to place.

o Locate the best bet outlet. If you are near the gambling capital like Las Vegas, you do not need to go far. If you live far from gambling cities, you may need to search for a bookie, which is a person who arranges wagers. If you are really that busy or far from the gambling locations, well, you might want to try betting online. Whatever the most convenient outlet may be for you, take it. As long as you can manage the outlet you have chosen, you'll stand a good chance with your bet.

o After selecting the location, the next step is to find the best wager. The most common football wager is the point spread. Here, people favor the strong team over the weak team. They will study the team who seems to outweigh the other team and carefully predict the triumph of their bet for that team. This is the easy wager. Some wagers are composed of seasons or leagues. The wagers depend on your patience of studying the best team playing.

o Now that you know the wager you want, the following step should be to fall in line and call for your bet. Of course, you will choose to bet over the winning team. Choosing seems like the easy part when it comes predicting who will win. Actually, this is not true. You need to carefully focus on the team's ranks, picks, and the team player scores. Here you will know who the best player is and whether or not your team is really the best. When you're predicting the best team, you need proofs so you're really sure about placing that bet. While football bet sports is on the rise, you should still be careful about placing bets.

o Starting with a wager still costs you more than a penny. For instance, if you place a bet of $ 10, it is likely that you will arrive with a $ 9.10 payoff. Hence, if you want $ 10 in your pocket, place a bet of $ 11. Sport bookmakers usually get their commission with your bets because this is their way of making profit. So, do not get surprised. As I have said earlier, making bets with the winning team is expected. This is referred to as the "house advantage." It is one of the oldest ways to bet but it still works.

Always remember that placing your bet sports do not only mean looking at ranks, picks, types of wagers, and starting bet. In the end, it's about how well you manipulate all of these factors that matters. Football game is one hard bet. It does not only take your capital away from you. It also plays with your emotions, so, take a hold of it.

Source by Chris F. Jenkins

Health Benefits of Ice Skating

Whether you are a professional ice skater, a toddler, a retiree, a student, or a housewife, you can get health benefits from ice skating.

Being in itself an aerobic exercise just like walking, running, and swimming, it offers positive effects for your cardiovascular health. An advantage over running is that it is not as hard on your joints, as it is a low-impact exercise, unless you do jumps while ice skating. It makes heart muscles healthy, providing significant protection from coronary artery diseases and subsequent heart attacks. It also aids in weight loss, as one gets to burn 250 to 810 calories per hour with recreational ice skating, according to the US Figure Skating Association webpage. Meanwhile, competitive skating uses up more calories, at 450 to 1,080 per hour of skating. Just to illustrate, a 68-kg man skating continuously for an hour burns as much calories as when he is running five miles in an hour.

As with other sports activities, ice skating also improves ones endurance. Endurance builds when one maintains a constant, steady pace, over a longer period of time. It is important though that at the start, it is all right to settle for short distances, but over time, these have to be increased gradually so that endurance increases as well.

Ice skating also improves muscle tone. When ice skating, the quadriceps and hamstrings are the leg muscles which do the most work, but many other muscles in the body work in concert with these leg muscles. The abdominal and back muscles also need to contract and relax in order to maintain an upright posture and balance.

Mental fitness is also enhanced with ice skating, as it exercises ones mental control during the act. One needs to be very alert and aware during skating. It is a de-stressor and a form of relaxation for many individuals who use it as a means to break free from the stresses of life and work. The fresh air and sunshine in outdoor ice skating, as well as the company of family and friends, greatly help in unwinding from a long week of work and problems. Self confidence is definitely improved as well. The challenge of establishing full body control and balance brings pride when one is able to overcome these.

It is very nice to see that adults are becoming more aware of their health, and that many have turned to ice skating to become physically fit. Gone are the days when only children were interested in moving and gliding on ice.

Source by Drew Mers