Ice Skating & Hockey, whether played indoor or outdoor, is a sport that offers a total-body workout. Hockey provides a great cardiovascular workout, while the reliance on all of the body’s major muscle groups also makes skating, whether recreational or while playing hockey an awesome anaerobic activity. What that means for you is that time on the ice will provide you with loads of health benefits for your overall health, both physical and mental.
Cardiovascular, or aerobic, exercise happens when your actions cause your breathing and heart rate to increase, resulting in calorie burn, fat loss and improved cardiovascular health. This type of exercise also helps you maintain a healthy weight and keeps your immune system healthy. Both hockey and ice skating provide you with an efficient form of cardiovascular exercise. Because of the start-stop nature of the game of hockey, where skating is divided up by periods of rest, you may find that you have even bigger cardio benefits. Alternating the vigorous activity of skating with moments of recovery, can burn more calories and boost your metabolism.
Hockey & ice skating also provide a strength-training workout, most predominantly developing the core and leg muscles. Sufficient amounts of time on the ice will lead to enhanced muscular strength, as well as improvement in athletic functioning overall. Strength-training activities have also been shown to reduce the risk of injury, improve bone strength, strengthen connective tissues and increase muscle mass. All of these things will contribute to building a healthier, stronger body that is less prone to injury and has improved overall function.
In order to stay upright on the ice, skaters and players need to develop speed, power and agility, along with quick reactions. In hockey, players must pass and receive pucks that are traveling quickly across the ice, creating a situation where players must react quickly in order to score or prevent another player from scoring. These skills can lead to improved overall balance and agility on a day to day basis as well as hand-eye coordination.
In addition to the positive physical aspects that you will gain by spending time on the ice at the MetroRecPlex, you’ll also find mental health benefits. Exercise alone can improve your mood because of the endorphins that are released, easing feelings of depression, stress and anxiety. As a form of exercise, skating, whether in a hockey game or recreationally, provides this benefit.
Whether you are new to the ice or a seasoned skater, the MetroRecPlex has TWO NHL-sized rinks that are perfect for all of your skating needs. Even better, enrollment is FREE this month! Sign up for a membership today!