Exactly How Many Calories You Could Burn Trying 6 Olympic Sports—Instead of Just Watching

374 per hour going slowly (less than 9 mph)

The ability to balance on that thin little blade on a slippery surface is a bigger deal than it might sound. Not only does it take balance and core strength, but it hones proprioception, a concept that essentially means your ability to control your body in space, Dr. Miller explains. “For example, after an ankle injury, you lose the ability to control the foot, and it takes a while to get that back,” he says. Developing proprioception through a sport like figure skating can actually help you avoid injuries in the future, he adds.