If You Like Barre, Try Ice Skating
Why? From romantic film scenes at New York’s Rockefeller Center to magical meanderings alongside Ottawa’s fabled Rideau Canal, ice skating open air has lengthy captured our imaginations. Who hasn’t wished to leap and twirl like Michelle Kwan or Johnny Weir?
“Gliding is a fantastic feeling, and many liken it to the sensation of flying,” says Erika Lehman, the advertising and marketing director for U.S. Figure Skating. “It’s a unique blend of balance, coordination, and endurance. You’ll work up a sweat and activate many muscle groups in one skating session.”
The balancing actions carried out in a barre class, says Lehman, lend stability on the ice and assist skaters alter to the slippery floor. “Flexibility maneuvers practiced indoors will help with ice skating as well,” she says, “as skating involves a lot of deep knee bends and extensions, even at the beginner levels.”
Plus, outside skating rinks are excellent for dates, an evening out with a small group of pals, a daytime escape with the household, or simply plain people-watching. You’ll expertise sights and sounds discovered nowhere else, and also you’ll convey improved coordination, core strength, and steadiness again to your indoor routine.
Practicing falling down and getting again up whereas sporting your skates earlier than getting on the ice, advises Lehman.
“This will help you familiarize yourself with the movements needed to stand back up and get used to the balance on the blade.” The most secure means to fall is to the facet; bending your knees in a squat place will assist cut back the impression.
Out on the ice, says Lehman, hold your gaze up. “Your head weighs a lot and looking down at the ice will bring your weight forward,” she says. “Have fun and move at your own pace! Whether you’re moving fast or taking your time with precise movements, you’re engaging numerous muscle groups and getting a great workout.”
Adventure ranking: 2 to 4, relying on whether or not you’re skating on an out of doors rink or a bigger frozen floor, similar to a lake or canal.
Balance it out: Off the ice, attempt a sequence of fundamental yoga poses, similar to tree (for steadiness), warrior 1 (for hip mobility and quad strength), triangle (for ankle strength), and hero (to cut back foot cramping). (Find tips to enhance your skating at “4 Ways to Improve Your Ice-Skating Technique”.)