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Longboarding makes for a fun and exciting addition to any exercise routine.
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Born from a love of surfing, longboarding was originally created as an off season exercise to help stay fit and keep busy while tides were down and surf was mellow. Longboarding builds core strength while improving your balance and cardio fitness. Though it shouldn't be the crux of your workout routine, it provides an excellent supplement to a healthy diet and active lifestyle. Longboarding is also a cost-effective, fun and fulfilling sport that you can take up to stimulate additional exercise without feeling like you're stuck at the gym all day.
Basics of Longboarding1.
Practice longboarding on a flat, even surface. First time longboarders can feel wobbly on the board, and while in motion, can stumble when coming across bumps in the road. Understand the dynamics of your board before you take off down the street.2.
Introduce yourself to more varied surfaces gradually. To maximize exercise benefit from your board, practice on a wide variety of slopes and road types.3.
Master the art of carving. Carving describes the back and forth motion from each side of the slope, the same seen in surfing and snowboarding. Depending on your footing, leaning back or forward will angle the board in the left and right direction. Start slowly and gradually deepen your carve.
Use Longboarding to Lose Weight1.
Burn more calories longboarding by keeping your heart rate up and staying at a quick pace. While pushing off, vary between left and right foot to build strength evenly and to better your balance and coordination on the board.2.
Integrate longboarding into your regular routine. Rather than walk to work or school, use the time you can save by longboarding to plan a longer route that allows you to fit in as much longboarding time as possible.3.
Practice uphill longboarding. Steep slopes provide an intense workout challenge that can get you sweating and burning more calories, as well as building muscle. As you push yourself, keep your core tightened to improve strength and balance.4.
Use longboarding as motivation to add more exercise to your schedule. Getting outside and active on a longboard is a fun and easy way to engage in more regular exercise and burn more calories than remaining inactive.
- Pads and helmet (optional)
- When longboarding downhill, start small and choose hills with grassy borders in case of a crash.
- Longboarding can be an extreme sport. Practicing safety is strongly advised, and you should always wear pads and a helmet.