What are the benefits?
Recent figures published by SkateboardGB show a huge growth in the popularity of skateboarding since the start of the pandemic, with a rise of over 70,000 people in the UK participating in the sport, with the largest growth being with females getting on a board for the first time.
Skateboarding is great exercise, as you use most parts of your body to skate. You can burn up to 600 calories in an hour. As well as providing great cardio exercise, skateboarding is great for balance, toning muscle (and building muscle strength) and aids in coordination.
Skateboarding is good for your Mental health and well-being. Figures have shown a growth in anxiety owing to the pandemic, with over two-thirds of people feeling worried about the effect COVID-19 will have on their life, with over half feeling stressed and bored.
SkateboardGB’s state that research has shown a striking correlation between people who skate and their improved mental health. Skateboarding is well known for its physical health benefits but in a year when mental health issues are at an all-time high, the additional benefits skateboarding can provide are reduced stress and boredom, increased confidence, provide escapism and help people use skateboarding as a coping mechanism for their emotions.
Skateboarding helps people feel a sense of achievement, when performing new tricks, learning, progressing, and getting better. When at a skatepark, surrounded by others with a similar outlook, skaters feel like they can be themselves.