Calories Burned Rollerblading: How to Calculate the Amount of Calories Burned

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 2/28/2010

The amount of calories burned rollerblading depends on how long you rollerblade. Learn the simple equation that can help you determine how many calories you burned while rollerblading.

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Rollerblading is a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time. While rollerblading you can sight see, enjoy a park, or even socialize with friends. Rollerblading is like walking but more exciting (because you are on wheels) and can help you burn more calories.

Other than the calories burned rollerblading, it has some very beneficial rewards to your health. Rollerblading is easier on the joints than running or jogging. Instead of pounding the pavement with your feet, you are gliding on top of it. Rollerblading has less than 50 percent of the impact shock to joints than running and jogging.

Rollerblading is also an excellent aerobic exercise. It helps strengthen and develop muscles. To increase the aerobic effect of rollerblading, try skating up hill or increasing your speed as you skate. Looks like rollerblading is heart and lung healthy.

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Calculating the Calories Burned While Rollerblading

To figure out how many calories you have burned while rollerblading, first you must calculate your resting metabolic rate and then multiply it by your metabolic equivalent task. When calculated by your hourly resting metabolic rate (RMR), the metabolic equivalent task (MET) can give you a personalized estimate of the calories you burned while rollerblading.

To calculate your RMR manually: RMR = 370 + 21.6 x FFM in kilograms. FFM is the fat-free mass, or lean body mass. If you weigh 73 kilograms and 18 percent body fat, your FFM would be 73 kg x (1-0.18) = 60 kg. So, your RMR would be calculated as 370 + 21.6 x 60 = 1,666. This is the number of calories you burn at rest in a 24 hour period. Your hourly RMR would be 1,666 / 24 = 69.4.

Rollerblading MET is the same, 12. Some exercises will have an increased or decreased MET depending on how light they work-out or how how vigorously they work out. Although a person may rollerblade faster than another, the same amount of metabolic equivalent task force is used.

To calculate the calories burned when rollerblading is overall pretty easy. All you will need to do is multiply your hourly RMR by the correct hourly MET value. For example, for a person who went rollerblading for 30 minutes will have a calculation similar to this. The hourly calorie burn would be RMR x MET = 69.4 x 12 = 833. So rollerblading for 30 minutes will have burned 417 calories. If you rollerblade for an hour, that is over 800 calories.

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References

The New Forum: Skating Health Benefits - www.thenewforum-rollerskating.com/OldForum/skatingbenefits.htm

University of South Carolina: The Compendium of Physical Activities Tracking Guide -

www.prevention.sph.sc.edu/tools/docs/documents_compendium