Ready to get rolling outside? We have these 4 tips for you before you take on your first outdoor roller skating adventure!
- Make sure you have a skate with outdoor wheels! An outdoor wheel is softer than indoor wheels. That way if you go over a little crack or pebble it can sort of “shock absorb” and makes for a smoother ride. If you use indoor wheels outside, it will feel really rough.
- Make sure you have proper safety equipment. Each person has to decide how much they need, some experienced skaters do not use any, where others go all the way to a mouthguard. Find what is comfortable for you, if you make your living cutting hair and cannot risk not being able to do that, wrist guards, a great idea. Tend to fall to your knees when you fall? Knee pads for you! A great article on that here.
- Find a flat easier surface at first. If you have not skated in years or ever, a good first place to go would be a tennis court, it will be softer if you fall and will be flat. If you are getting ready for a skating trail and still not feeling super stable, walk the trail before you skate it. While you walk it think about skating it. Watch out for things like super steep hills, sudden long wooden bridges, busy intersections. (though the hills are SUPER fun once you get comfortable skating)
- The most important one, HAVE FUN!!! It is a great low impact exercise that everyone should enjoy! Get your heart pumping and a smile on your face.
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