I used to always be the girl who hated to run.

In high school I played basketball for a semester then quit because my coach required all players to join the track team during off-season. When it came down to it… I always hated that coach more than I hated running, so win/win situation. After I gave up the sport—in school anyway—I needed an outlet for all that teenage energy bubbling inside of me so I took to rollerblading. Back then the idea of my wheels gliding down the streets of LA was much more appealing than my kicks hitting the pavement.

At the time, I never though of blading as exercise: it was just fun. It was a reason to get out of the house and do something after school besides yearbook, or drama or any of the other activities I was involved in. The rush of going full speed down a hill at Balboa Park (in the Valley not in San Diego), trying out new tricks & grinds or discovering new parts of my neighborhood I never would be able to in a car was WAY more fun than watching TV or sitting in a stuffy classroom. I could go for miles and miles and not even realize that the sun had begun to set.

With so much fun it was easy to forget that it’s also one of the best cardio workouts a person can do. As LIVESTRONG states: “While rollerblading became popular in the 1980s, it still ranks among the highest calorie burners. A 1-hour session can burn 913 calories.”

Even though I LOVE to run now, it doesn’t hurt to switch up my routine, right? I think it might be time to bust out my old blades & take to the streets once more. I just hope the saying about riding a bike also applies to blading otherwise I might have a bruised bum in a few days.

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Read the full article from LIVESTRONG here: What Cardio Workout Burns the Most Calories?