If you’re looking for a new sport to or alternative activity to enhance your health and wellbeing, then ice skating should be on your list of exercises to try. Though the more advanced skaters on the rink may make it look easy, ice skating is sure to get your heart pumping and your brain firing.
Gliding around the rink might not look like hard work, but ice skating is an exercise that requires a range of skills and works several parts of the body at once. Indeed, ice skating is a great activity for anyone looking to develop their:
Plus, you’ll get all these benefits without feeling like you’ve had a huge workout, as you’ll be having fun, chatting or concentrating on your movements while working your way around the rink.
The demand of ice skating on people’s balance, coordination and endurance means it takes lots of concentration to get right. The physical exercise also releases endorphins, otherwise known as happy hormones, in the brain. The combination of these two effects make ice skating a great activity for those looking to relieve stress or improve their wellbeing.
Ice skating is also a highly challenging exercise, with falls and mistakes a common occurrence at every ability level. As such, it’s a great activity for building mental resilience and boosting confidence, self-esteem and a sense of achievement whenever skaters succeed.
Whether you visit a rink with your friends and family, take part in a group lesson or work with a coach, ice skating is a very sociable activity. A great way to get to know people and make new friends, outdoor ice rinks also give skaters plenty of fresh air and stimulation from surroundings at any time of day.
If you’ve got children or are older, you might be worried about the potential injuries falling on ice could cause. However, ice skating is actually a low impact exercise. Plus, if you practice falling and getting back up on the ice, occasional tumbles are unlikely to leave you with anything worse than a few cuts and bruises.
This means anyone can enjoy and benefit from the physical and mental benefits of ice skating, whether you only visit an ice rink occasionally or head there every day, you can enjoy making friends, having fun and trying out new skills.
The best way to start ice skating and feel its mental and physical benefits is to put on some blades and have a go yourself. So what better place to start your skating journey than in a stunning historical location? To try out a session or book in for the whole season at Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink this winter, head to our tickets page/link.