I know what you are thinking. You can´t teach an old dog new tricks. However when I look at myself in the mirror I don´t see someone old staring back at me. I guess still being single with no children at 40 has an advantage, however theoretically I have over 500 children, as I am a teacher!
Strangely it is only now that I am finally discovering my passions in life. Last year I took up yoga for the first time and spent many weeks in India learning how to yoga in style! I envy these women who can bend and contort their body into different positions. I am getting better but I still have a long way to go to reach their level. However, I have noticed that yoga has done wonders for my body and I feel stronger and more toned than ever before.
However, the one sport that I am most proud of starting to learn is inline skating or roller-blading. Finding a flat surface to practise on isn´t so much of a problem. What´s more of a problem is finding a flat surface which is hidden away so I can practise away from preying eyes. I don´t have the confidence yet to show off my roller-blading skills to the world!
This weekend, I thought I found the perfect location, on the boardwalk along by the marina, but I discovered that it was a pathway used by cyclists, walkers and surprise-surprise roller-bladers. I had to keep reminding myself that they were in my situation once, learning how to roller-blade. What I also noticed is that they were all in their late 30s to early 50s, so it goes to show that it is never too late to learn to balance on wheels.
Rollerblading or inline skating experienced an increase in popularity during the 1990s and can be used as an alternative outdoor aerobic activity to cycling or jogging. I defiantly can see how much energy it takes when skating at a good speed.
Ricci Porter, sport director of USA Roller Sports gives the following tips. Your weight should be centred back on your heels, and your power should come from pushing your legs out to the side. Swing your arms. Your arms should cross to the other sides of your body a bit more than they do when you run. The lower you get, the more you will engage your leg muscles and core. Don´t forget your protective gear. You’ll want to slap on wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, and a helmet.
So, what are you waiting for?
Try something new. Buy a pair of second hand blades with protective gear to start with. At least, if you don´t continue the sport, you won´t have paid a lot for the blades. I got mine with protective gear for 15 euro!