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So I have learned snowboarding at 36, how about inline skating at 37?

BasarBasar IstanbulRegistered User regular
So as some of you already know, I have taken up snowboarding last year at 36 years of age : ) This year I got to practice a bit more and hopefully next year will be even better.

Winter sports however can be enjoyed for a only a few short months where I live so I am thinking of giving inline skating a try (ie. rollerblading as the brand goes?) I need some fitness activity during the week, which I can do after work or early in the morning and it should be min prep. I used to run but no soft surface running possible where I live and I don't want to ruin my knees by running on asphalt or concrete. I already ride my road bike few times a week, mainly on the weekends, as riding a bike in the inner city is not very safe here in Istanbul and I need to get out of the city = more time needed, not possible in the week days.

I see youngsters inline skating near my house (about 5 mins walk) at an inline skating park and they have a beginner's area. I am thinking of giving it a try as I did rollerskate for a while when I was 9-10 years old?

Other than wearing as much protection as possible, any tips from experienced inline skaters here? I am big an heavy as mentioned in the snowboarding thread but I think I will probably pick up quicker than most people who have never done it as a child.

Thanks!


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  • HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    I skated about 5ish miles a day for a few years but I've never done much skate park stuff (because I would kill myself).

    But even just skating is a hell of a workout as long as you're actually staking and not just swaying a little bit while you slowly glide down the sidewalk at just above walking speed.

    I would recommend protective gear even if you're just doing skating instead of skate park shenanigans though. I was going 20mph or so on a bike path and a twig that was about 1/8" in diameter almost made me faceplant which would have been very painful.

  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    High quality knee pads, and wrist guards.

    Wrist guards are often forgotten.

    I used to wear boneless knee pads, when I did in-line skating as a heavy set person. And they took some hits. I have left 30 foot grooves in grass while hitting a rock going downhill on a super steap hill and then get up and keep going no problem. It’s been a while so I have no idea if they are still the bees knees for thick bois.

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  • BurtletoyBurtletoy Registered User regular
    edited April 1
    Growing up I played ice hockey and did a lot of inline skating, as well.

    Never was able to figure out how to roller skate, they aren't really translatable skills, as far as I could tell.

    Skating is also not great for your knees, tho

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  • HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    edited April 3
    Burtletoy wrote: »
    Growing up I played ice hockey and did a lot of inline skating, as well.

    Never was able to figure out how to roller skate, they aren't really translatable skills, as far as I could tell.

    Skating is also not great for your knees, tho

    Eh, depends a lot on your form I think.

    Though honestly there's not a lot of incredibly repetitive exercises that involves the knees that don't fall into the "not great for your knees" category.

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  • WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    Get padded gloves, you will fall and thanks to snowboarding you will put your hands out. And concrete is gonna be much less friendly than snow

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  • bwaniebwanie Posting into the void Registered User regular
    edited April 3
    i just started skateboarding with my 10 year old at 41.

    We got helmets but after tree or four slams i decided to pad us up further. (knees/wrists/elbows)

    It really helps to commit a bit harder knowing that you're protected a bit better.

    Just watch out for the upper legs/hips though. For some reason i just love falling on them and those bruises hurt and last forever.

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  • JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    Might be worth investing in a mouth guard of some kind, too- if you fall and your chin hits something, you've got a bad chance of breaking/losing teeth, and those can be thousands of dollars all on their own to deal with.

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