Ice skating is a popular pastime for mildly drunk people at Christmas, who haven’t been on skates since childhood, but still think it’s a good idea to barrel full speed ahead the very first time back on the rink. But if you’re not one of those people, and you use ice skating as a real way to stay in shape, you’ve chosen a good sport. So how many calories do you burn by ice skating? Keep reading to find out.
If you are skating along at a very mild pace, for leisure, or out with the kids, then you will burn about 390 calories per hour if you weigh 150 pounds. If you weigh 175 pounds, this increases to 460 kcal per hour and at 200 pounds, you will expend 520 calories/hour.
If you are more adept at the sport and skate at a fast pace, how many calories you burn by figure skating increases significantly. At 150 pounds, you will burn around 640 kcal/hour at a grueling pace. At 175 pounds this becomes 750 calories per hour, and at 200 pounds – 860 kcal per hour.
Ice skating will work mostly your lower body, with a particular emphasis on your hamstrings. This is because you will spend most of your time on the skates with your knees slightly bent – effectively crouching for extended periods of time. This is because the skating boots don’t allow you to straighten your legs easily, forcing you into this pose. If you want to get the most out of your ice skating routine, try switching your style, from slow to fast, and from forward to backward moving. This will spread the workout across the different muscle groups in your legs.