The weather is breaking across the country and as the snow melts away, the temperatures start to rise, and the flowers begin to flourish all signs point to spring and ultimately summertime. What better way to enjoy the great weather than by inline skating. Whether you’re looking to compliment an existing training program or you’re simply looking for a way to get out of the house and get back in shape, inline skating can cater to all of your physical needs.
But how do you get started? Well we’re out of hibernation from the winter and if you’re trying to get off the couch and get back into shape like we are, inline skating is the perfect way. To start, there are two important things that you should always do before you head out skating, particularly if it is your first time out in a while.
First, you will want to stretch out properly. Stretching is a must before almost any physical activity because it helps warm up your tendons and muscles, and it has a direct correlation to injury prevention. Skating, especially when you are doing it for the first time in a while, can result in muscle and tendon pulls or strains if you do not warm-up properly. Spend as little as 5 minutes conducting stretching or other types of warm-up activities prior to skating and you’ll be less likely to be saddled with an injury.
The second thing you should do before strapping on your skates is to inspect your skates and safety gear. Inline skates function with the help of ball bearings and wheels. Your feet and ankles are secured in the skate boot with some closure combination of laces and progressive ratchet buckle straps. You should make sure that your bearings are properly oiled and that your wheels are in working order and void of any damage. Check the closure system of your skates, making sure that your laces are in good shape and that any buckle closure is functioning properly. Doing so will ensure that your feet will be safe and secure.
You will also want to check your protective gear, including your helmet, elbow and knee pads, and wrist guards. Make sure that each piece of protective equipment fits properly and comfortably.
If everything checks out and you’ve performed your warm-up, it is now time to hit the pavement and experience the open air and relaxation that inline skating can bring to your day, not to mention the relief skating on a regular basis can bring to your bathroom scale.
In part 2 of this blog, we’ll discuss setting goals for improvement and the different types of workouts you can perform while inline skating. Please stay tuned.