Roller-blade to health
One of the best exercises is roller-blading. It's aerobic, gentle on the joints and a great way to work up a sweat.
Getting equipped doesn't have to be expensive. I picked up all my gear 2nd hand;Techno blades $15 at Cheapskates (a local used sports store), second-hand Briko ski helmet, roller-blades wrist gaurds and heavy-duty knee pads.
The wrist gaurds, knee-pads aren't optional especially when you're starting. Accidents will happen. My friend, an excellent blader, broke his wrist when he slipped sitting down on the grass on a sunny morning last April. Even a small fall can lead to a broken wrist if you fall the wrong way. And you've got to expect the odd trip-up with dogs, cyclists and families with toddlers all sharing the same paths. You'll be able to jump up, brush yourself off and roll on if you're wearing knee pads. A broken knee cap is a painful injury with a long recovery.
Roller-blading gets you moving outside. It develops your balance. It's good for your heart. Picking up the pace makes it aerobic. Core strength improves quickly.
Take a few lessons first at your community center. You'll learn how to fall properly, brake and turn quickly. Be sure to practice in a safe area like a level parking lot until you're comfortable enough to tackle the local roller-blade paths..
Always warm up with rotating ankles, knees and hips. And never blade when it's wet - it's too easy to pull a groin muscle.
Try roller-blading to get in shape quickly.
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