Roller skating has exploded in popularity recently, which is very exciting for you if you’re a new roller skater getting to know this fun, freeing, joyful hobby. But before you get too far on those skates, here are some safety rules that you should always follow that’ll help you avoid injury.
You might feel a little bit silly wearing safety gear out to skate, but it’s better than breaking a bone or getting a concussion, which unfortunately does happen all the time. At the very least, we recommend going out in a helmet, knee pads, and wrist guards.
When roller skating, it’s really important to bend your knees and keep your center of gravity low. That way, if you fall, you’ll fall forward onto your (protected) knees instead of onto your tailbone, and you’ll be closer to the floor so your fall won’t be as scary.
Keep Your Core Tight
Roller skating requires a lot of balance and body control, and it’s much easier to do those things when your core is tight. (Bonus pro tip: keep your glutes tight too for even more strength and power.)
Sometimes roller skating can be so fun that hours will pass and you don’t even realize you’ve been squatting and exercising for the past few hours. So don’t forget to drink water to replenish your fluids as you skate! This is a workout, after all.