If you’re looking to take up a new activity this summer, consider inline skating. Not only is it one of the most exciting and straightforward action sports to learn, but it can provide some great health benefits.
Originally invented to substitute for ice skates, inline skates helped hockey players and ice skaters keep their skills sharp during the warmer off-season months. By the late ‘80s, the inline industry had taken off, and one of the first brands to make a major mainstream push was Rollerblade, Inc., a name which has since become synonymous with the sport.
Inline skating is all about movement, and its cardio level can be compared to cycling. Plus, with its constant shifting and bending, it’s also a great way to build flexibility, strength, and endurance throughout the legs. At more experienced levels, it can also become highly innovative and competitive, with a number of tricks and competitions.
Much like skateboarding and other action sports, inline skating has many different levels and styles, from speed to freestyle to aggressive. However, as a beginner, you’ll want to seek out skates designed for recreational or urban skating. The most important thing for beginners to consider when purchasing a pair of skates is the wheel size. Generally, you’ll want to stick with wheels that measure between 80-84 millimeters. This will help to keep your skates at a safe speed while allowing for plenty of control, but also allow you to turn it up just enough when you start getting the hang of things.
Try something new this summer with one of the 10 Inline Skates for Beginners.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.