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Roller-blade to health

Updated on March 7, 2011

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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      femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

      I love rollerblading. It rates right up there with mountain biking!

      I started with an inexpensive set, and practiced in a small area with a smooth surface. When I figured out how to maneuver on them, which was really very easy for the most part, I upgraded my skates to faster ones with a very cushy interior.

      Blading is loads of fun, and I find I skate better if I skate with other bladers who are more adept at it than I am.

      I also found rollerblades to be MUCH easier to skate on than traditional roller-skates, and they're more versatile.

      A new brand out that I would love to try are called Land Rollers. They're newly designed for multi-terraine skating. The have only two wheels per boot, rather than four (or five, or six, lol), and they sit on the outside of the boot rather than underneath it.

      Ceasar Milan (the Dog Whisperer) skates in them, and they're getting great reviews!

      Excellent hub to promote a great sport!


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      johndvan 6 years ago

      I hear you boukaluv. You might be surprised at your ability after just a couple of lessons. Thanks for visiting.

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      boukaluv 6 years ago from Texas

      I would fall flat on my face..I was never really great at the oldschool way of but I believe in its health benefits for sure!!