As winter kicks into gear, it’s time to take advantage of all the fun activities that come along with it. Installing a back yard ice rink can bring that winter fun close to home in a safe and affordable way.
Ice skating has become a wildly and widely popular sport, with participants 6 and older totaling in the million, about 10.65 million people to be exact. A home ice rink brings the fun to your back yard, cutting out the cost of going ice skating so that you can skate as freely and as much as you want (and the weather allows, of course). Backyard ice rinks also provide a way to spend time with family and friends. It’s a great athletic way to connect with family members without the pressure of a sit down meal or the cost of a movie, something that around 70% of American teens say they want, that quality time spent with their parents. In fact, quality family time is more important to Americans than ever. Mothers and fathers now spend more time than ever with their families – the time fathers alone spend with their kids has not only doubled, but tripled and the time mother spend with their children has gone up 57%. A back yard ice rink can provide an outlet for energetic kids on winter break and a chance to spend that very important time together as a family.
Backyard rinks can also provide a place for teen athletes to practice ice hockey. Ice hockey is an increasingly popular sport, particularly in the U.S., where it has increased considerably. By the 2013-2014 season, more than half a million people in the U.S. were registered to play in some capacity, be it professionally or for leisure. The benefits of playing such a sport are also great. Playing a sport, including ice hockey, increases cardiovascular endurance and reduces the risk of heart disease, which is the number one killer in the United States. Playing sports also allows for friendships to form between athletes. In fact, the majority of teens say that they play sports primarily to spend time with their friends.
Having a back yard ice rink can promote and allow all of these things to happen with more ease and more often than ever.