WHY NO AGE IS TOO OLD FOR ICE SKATINGOctober 16, 2014
The average age of an Olympian is 26, with the average among figure skaters even lower at just over 22. In spite of this, ice skating is not just a sport for athletes with youth on their side. It is a beautiful, exhilarating activity that blends physical activity and art, and it offers a host of benefits. To learn more about these benefits and the precautions that middle-aged adults and retirees can take when stepping out onto the ice for a glide, continue reading below.
Increase Bone Strength
Once an adult reaches a certain age, the thought of falling and breaking a bone becomes much scarier than it was in younger years. With the risk of falling that accompanies ice skating and concerns about easily broken hips and their consequences, it is understandable why someone might think figure skating is not for baby boomers. While ice skaters of any age should take care while on the ice, figure skating is a weight-bearing activity that increases bone density and makes bones stronger.
Bolster Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Health
A common health concern that is even more pronounced among adults than the fear of breaking a hip is the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States. As an aerobic exercise that increases blood flow and promotes heart and lung health, ice skating can help reduce your risk of heart disease.
In addition to boosting bone strength and fitness levels, ice skating improves balance and flexibility. Before you step onto the ice for the first time in decades, however, you should work on these skills off the ice with an experienced trainer or ice skating coach. Amateur and veteran figure skaters of all ages can practice and master the art of figure skating at Aviator Sports and Events Center in New York City. Our qualified ice skating instructors offer adult lessons for all skills levels and adults of any age who wish to put their skills to the test can join a figure skating club and participate in our ice skating competitions and shows.