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Inline Skating is a Good Workout

timv's picture

An article from the passenger-side newsfeed... A website name of "Popsugar" doesn't encourage one to expect a lot of substance in its content, but here's a nice enough account of someone returning to skating as an adult and appreciating its fitness benefits.


I Started This Workout Out of Nostalgia, but Now I'm Addicted!
November 29, 2017 by Brinton Parker

When fondly recalling my high school rollerskating days as a Sonic Drive-In carhop, I realized that I'd never once felt like I was working out when I skated; however, my body was in the best shape of my life (despite the fast food habit I was admittedly indulging daily). "Why don't I give that another shot?" I asked myself before diving into research about the benefits of skating.

And then one day you find 20 years have got behind you. The Great Rollerblade Scare of the 1990s, when many of us got started, is now the stuff of nostalgia.

It wasn't until a friend of mine commented on my skates sitting near the front door that I realized how uncommon of a workout skating is for adults. "I haven't seen a pair of those since the skating rink [in our hometown] closed! I miss skating," she mused, recalling how much we loved the rollerblading-themed Disney Channel Original movie Brink! as kids. Like me, she's no passionate fitness junkie, but she told me that she'd go skating with me in a heartbeat if she had a pair.

My mom made a similar nostalgic comment about skating soon afterward, and that's when I decided that I'd be gifting them each with a pair of inline skates — both out of the selfish desire for a skating partner and because I wanted to share my new favorite workout with the people I love.

The main thing I got from reading it was that we can lose sight of the joy, and also of the health rewards, of just going out and skating. There was a time when it was enough to be able to say, "I skated ten miles without stopping today." No doubt it's a richer experience when there are special events to train for and bigger goals to strive toward, but it's worthwhile doing it even without that.


eebee's picture

Skating now, insanity later

Yes! Yes it is! Or you can simply make up your own ridiculous event, such as taking another shot at Smyrna to Anniston on the Silver Comet Trail. 

The Winter Olympics are always a good reminder to me of the joys of skating (not winning, since I never really ever won anything, but how it feels when muscles, circulation and brain cells work again).

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