Saturday, July 7, 2012

Roller skating – Now is a good time to learn to skate!

By: Godwin Ives

Roller skating, which is also referred to as inline skating is an extremely fun and rewarding activity for virtually everybody. However, there are several misconceptions surrounding this sport. For instance, many people consider that they are passed the age when they can try and successfully attain the skills necessary to participate in roller skating activities. Alternatively, others think that roller skating requires being in top physical shape. These negative stereotypes are most likely fueled by skate videos portraying the typical roller skater as men or women in their twenties and with impressively sculpted muscles.

Roller Skating [ Photo credit: Sports Information ]
However, this guide is here to tell you that the only thing that could possibly prevent a person from learning how to skate is a major impairment or disability. Of course, an individual who has difficulties walking or keeping his balance is very unlikely to skate, if the condition is permanent. Otherwise, all the techniques necessary for skating as well as the physical aptitudes can be achieved, providing you have the necessary determination. Strength and stamina are among the primary attributes an aspiring skater needs to develop, in addition to balance and coordination. You cannot expect the skates to do everything for you and the effort in learning how to keep yourself up and the ability to withstand the prolonged effort are mandatory.

Moreover, just like in the case of taking the first steps in any new activity, roller skating will require determination. You cannot hope to perform like a professional from the first moments you put on the skates. Yes, you will fall, you will scrape your knees and elbows and the first few times you will probably find keeping your balance exhausting. But with sufficient determination, you will find the strength to get back up there and try again and again until skating feels as natural as walking to you. Once you have mastered the basics of inline skating, it’s your decision whether you want to take this sport further.

In order to learn the more complex moves, skate videos and guides are your best bet. Pay special attention to how the professional skaters perform the more difficult moves in their skate videos, read their commentaries and try to reproduce them. It is unadvisable to skip directly to mind-blowing techniques. Rather than that, take the step by step approach and increase the difficulty of your moves gradually. Remember, even the pro skaters did not suddenly wake up one morning and performed a difficult trick successfully the first time.

It is exemplary to note that many individuals do not practice performance inline skating and this sport is equally rewarding for them. For example, they do it as a recreational activity, for socialization purposes, as an alternative form of green transportation around town or simply to stay in shape. You will agree that competitive inline skating is not for everyone and a senior citizen will probably have difficulties performing the same stunts as a teenager. That does not mean that he should avoid the sport altogether if he is perfectly content to skate for fun.

Author Resource:->  Youtube is oftentimes a good source of skate videos and do you know that there are also videos showing you different kinds of roller skating games that you can play?

1 comment:

  1. Everyone in my family enjoys inline skates, which is why we have several types of skating shoes in our house. We use this as a family bonding every Sunday, and the excitement it brings is simply priceless. Once a new member of our family is added, there's no choice for him but to learn how to skate as well.