We are fortunate here in Clark County to have many opportunities to Inline skate on paved trails away from traffic…. along the Columbia River Waterfront Trail, Salmon Creek Trail, Discovery Trail or Padden Parkway. Many people are nervous initially to inline skate because of a fear of falling. But if you spend some time working on your balance, you can feel confident strapping on a pair of Inline skates and cruising to an awesome workout for your hips and thighs. Get your leg and buttock muscles conditioned beforehand and you’ll be able to skate for miles before you fatigue and have to stop.
Here are a few activity-specific exercises and balance drills to help gain your confidence in an unstable sport.
One Legged Stance
Begin by standing on one foot. Slowly bend your knee lowering your body a few inches and then back up again. Make sure your knee points straight ahead and maintain proper, upright posture throughout the entire exercise. If you balance isn’t very good to begin with, you may want to have something sturdy close by to hang onto in case you lose your balance. Perform 13-20 reps each leg. You can do this exercise while brushing your teeth, talking on the phone or making dinner – that way you’ll easily fit it into your day. As you get better, try this exercise with your eyes closed, which would display a more advanced level of balance (not while cooking though :))