Skateboarding looks cool, and it’s a fine workout. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. categorizes it as a moderate activity like bicycling, dancing, and golf. Some go further, like exercise science professor Michele Olson from Auburn University in Alabama, who told Men’s Fitness magazine the benefits compare to jumping rope or spinning. This is how skateboarding helps you stay fit:
Clearly skateboarding is all about balance and coordination. You need your abs, hip, and muscles around your spine just to stabilize and stay on the board.
All the tilting, shifting, jumping, and squatting required in skateboarding works your quadriceps and hamstrings as well as knees and ankles.
It takes quite a bit of effort to push yourself and a board around on flat terrain or up a slope, and of course there’s more of than when you do tricks on ramps.
If you’re committed to trying this, then grab a skateboard, skate shoes that give you better grip on the board and make it easier to stop, knee and elbow pads, and most importantly a helmet. Learn how to stand, figure out whether you feel more comfortable with your left or right foot in the back (the back foot is the one you push with) and get going.
Classic skateboard tricks to start with, in increasing order of difficulty: