The signs that winter is approaching are here: colder temperatures, shorter days and public skating!
That’s right – public skating begins at Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) rinks on Wednesday, November 27th. DCR owns 42 rinks across the Commonwealth and this year, many DCR rinks will have even more public skating hours for you and your family to enjoy. Find the rink closest to you!
With obesity and heart disease rates on the rise, taking time each day for exercise is an important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially during the winter months. Chew on this: the average person eats 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat at Thanksgiving Dinner alone! Thankfully, there are many health benefits to skating’s cardiovascular activity that can help you stay healthy and burn off those big holiday meals.
Have bad knees? No problem, skating has a lower impact on the body than running or jogging. Skating increases muscle strength in the legs, as well as the lower back and abdomen. You also use some of those smaller stabilizer muscles that don’t normally get a workout at the gym. Skating improves balance, endurance and is a great way to clear your mind and refocus after a long day at the office or school. Best of all, you can burn up to 750 calories an hour just by skating.
If you don’t own a pair of skates, many DCR rinks offer skate rentals for kids and adults. If you don’t know how to skate, you can find out where Learn-to-Skate programs takes place.
There are also concession stands at the rinks, so you can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa after looking cool on the ice.
So have some fun with your family, meet up with or make some friends, and keep yourself healthy this winter season. Get on the ice and take advantage of public skating at DCR rinks starting on November 27th.