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If you’re getting bored with pointlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed, having small talk with frenemies (ganyan talaga sila, mumsh), or getting depressed over your flabby stomach, it’s high time that you try something new. Preferably something that’ll keep you moving and off your bed. Ice skating may not be the first future hobby to pop into your mind. (For starters and for our bodies’ sake, how can we even stand on the ice with those thin blades?) But here’s why you should give it a try.

1. It’s cool. 

We flock to the malls for that free AC and tambayan (because hello, ang init pa rin dito sa ‘Pinas). You know where else you can feel the cold? The ice rink. It’s like going into a walk-in freezer, minus the claustrophobia. You might even have to put on a sweater and gloves for this as temperatures on ice can reach as low as -8 degrees Celsius.

2. It improves overall health.

Ice skating combines exercises you would do separately in the gym: cardio, endurance, flexibility, and strength. That’s hitting four birds with one stone. Pak na pak! It’s not harsh on the joints, too (unlike running), because it’s a low-impact exercise. As a bonus, you get to improve mental focus, which comes in handy when you want to stay standing on your feet. Or skates.

3. It helps weight management.

Ice skating is a full-body workout, whether you’re a pro or not. The struggle to keep yourself from falling (hindi kay crush ha) on the cold, hard surface is enough to make you feel the workout burn. Try it to feel it, baks. A 145-pound woman would shed off 460 calories in just an hour. Imagine having an unlimited pass in the ice rink and executing ultra-fast spins. You can just skate the day and pounds away.

4. It sculpts the body.

Weight loss is one thing in skating. A toned bod is another. Gliding through the ice tightens the muscles in the legs, tummy, back, knees, calves, inner thighs, and yes, even your butt. Goodbye, mareng cellulites! (*hairflip*) Add in some twists and turns on your 10th skating session, and you’ll have a to-die-for physique in no time.

5. It relieves stress.

If your stress is at 11 on a scale of 1 to 10, ice skating can be the outlet you’ve been looking for. It’s especially true when you start to get the hang of it. Stepping onto the ice won’t be such an exhausting ordeal anymore. Competitive figure skaters like our own Michael Martinez attests to how skating feels like freedom to fly (from life’s toxicity, that is). Mapapa-“What stress?” ka na lang with your skates on.   

Unlimited ice time and skates are available at SM Skating at the Mall of Asia, Megamall, Southmall, and Seaside City Cebu.  

Illustrations by Madel Crudo

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