Your kids all have wheels, and you should to! The older they get, the faster they get. You need to keep up! If razors or skateboards aren’t your thing, *why not try inline skating?
Key incentives of inline skating:
- Muscles targeted: butt, hips, thighs, core and heart (it’s a cardiovascular activity)
- Burns 500-800 calories per hour: depends on body weight, speed, and terrain
- It’s low impact: easier on joints and reduces your risk of injuries
- Cross training: Various types of fitness challenges muscles differently and keeps your workouts feeling fresh. This helps you break through fitness plateaus.
- It’s fun: It’s exercise that doesn’t feel like “a workout” and you can do it outside!
I am comfortable on wheels, but I don’t consider myself an expert skater by any means. My advice as a trainer for those starting out is to progress like this:
- Safety: Wear wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads. Seriously, it’s not worth hurting yourself.
- Stand: Put your skates on and just stand on carpet (or grass).
- Balance: When you are comfortable with standing stationary, try balancing on one leg (on carpet or grass). Don’t skip this step. When you are skating, you are balancing foot to foot.
- Move: Try moving on carpet a little bit. Keep your body low with your knees bent and hips back in an athletic stance.
- Take it to the trail: When successful with steps 1-4, then move outdoors to a flat, smooth surface. A trail with grass on the side for stopping is ideal until you get comfortable with stopping on the trail. I drag my back foot to stop, but you may like using the brake better.
- Keep your center of gravity low: The faster you go, the more you will want to bring your hips back.
It’s super fun, a great way to spend quality time with the kiddos, and you’ll tone your tush! If you are thinking about getting a pair of your own, I found mine at Skates.co.uk.
Have you ever tried inline skating?
*Consult your physician before starting any new exercise program.