I was fortunate to learn how to roller skate as a kid at the local skate rank. My favourite part was listening to all of latest songs blaring out. It was a great way to hang out with my friends, exercise and escape.
On the weekend, we were relaxing at the trendiest craft gin bar in town. While enjoying my cocktail, I noticed a lady carrying her roller skates over her shoulder. A week later I saw boxes of shiny new skates at the front of my local City Beach shop. I was tempted to take roller skating back up again.
Roller Skating Essentials
To get started, you’ll only need a pair of roller skates that fit your feet, knee pads and a helmet. You might also like some wrist pads. Long stripy socks are optional.
The skates are a bit heavy, so you’ll need to take some time to learn the beginner moves. It’s surprising how sore your legs can get after a good skating session.
Later on, you may like to replace your toe stops and wheels, and invest in a skate tool for tightening and adjusting your skates. You may need to adjust your skates (straight out of the box).
Before you buy your own pair of skates, you might like to try some rentals. These are going to be totes daggy – but you’ll get an idea of whether you like roller skating or not.
Where Can You Buy Your Roller Skates?
You can buy your roller skates at a sports shop, dedicated skate shop or skate rank. You might also like to consider these popular roller skate brands:
Learn to roller skate
You can learn to roller skate from friends, at a dedicated roller skate park or off YouTube videos.
Roller skating is a great cardio workout. It is low-impact so it can be softer on your joints than running. You can burn on average around 250 calories for a 30-minute session.
So put some skates on and get out and explore your neighborhood with your girl gang.