Skateboarding is a sport, an art form, a lifestyle, and a culture. Kids have been doing it for decades, and it has even become an extreme sport. We can all, however, benefit from skateboarding even if it just recreationally. Not only does skateboarding get us outside, but it can also help us cover large distances faster and more easily. Here are the health benefits of skateboarding.
Teaches Precision. To land a trick, many motions need to align perfectly, so when you fail, you try again, and again, and again. But each time, you make adjustments. You place your feet differently on the board, you change your timing, you adjust your speed, you try and land differently. Until you have the motions and timing down to a precise science, you keep trying!
Physical Endurance. Skate all day. Skate all night. You’ve probably heard that motto before. Skateboarding wears us out, beats us up, but we still do it as long as we can. And the more we do it, the more we’re able to do it. So why does this happen in skateboarding far more than in other sports? Why do we skate more in one day than people do other sports in a whole week? That one’s easy. It’s just more fun.
It can reliece stress. Most physical activities are good at alleviating anxiety, but skateboarding can be especially powerful. Some patients use skateboarding as a replacement for traditional therapy counseling to reduce stress. Part of the reason that skateboarding works as a stress reliever is because it allows you to free your mind, and doing tricks builds confidence.
Reflexes. One of the big reasons that reflexes are such an important benefit is because having good reflexes can prevent you from getting hurt doing things other than skateboarding. The pain associated with skateboarding has a lot to do with why reflexes are improved. Nobody likes to get hurt, so skateboarders often learn quickly to avoid it and in turn their reflexes become better and better over time.