One of my goals for 2015 has been to get in better shape. While I am not exactly where I want to be fitness-wise, I am definitely healthier than I have been in years. Not the type to spend hours at the gym, I started off my fitness journey in January by following a DVD workout in the comforts of my own home.
The DVD claims that with consistent use of its product (six days a week for a month), you will be transformed into a new, healthier you. So, for 30 days, I exercised, and I’ll admit, I only noticed a slight change in my appearance. But I certainly felt better — my stamina and endurance had significantly improved.
I grew bored with the monotony of popping in a DVD everyday at 6 o’clock and following along with the same steps and moves day after day. I started to brainstorm other ways to get my cardio and strength training.
My thoughts took me back to when I was a child and how I managed to stay in decent shape without much effort. Let me say, I have been fortunate to inherit a pretty speedy metabolism but naturally with age, that has slowed down. Looking back on my lifestyle when I was teenager, I was very active. I spent so much time outdoors — swimming, running, etc. — and when I enrolled in college I put my active ways aside. Instead of spending time caring for my body, I was busy trying to ace every paper and test in school. And with college came late night trips to fast food drive-thrus and so the story goes.
Reminiscing about my childhood activities, one really sticks out — inline skating. Oh the feeling of gliding on the pavement with the scenery rushing by. Not to toot my own horn, but I was pretty good. I skated for years and loved every mile.
This trip down memory lane led me to the sporting goods aisle at a department store, and the next thing I knew, I was purchasing a pair of inline skates. It’s been over a decade since I strapped some on but it has to be like riding a bicycle, right?
Not exactly. I put my skates on and quickly realized I would need to invest in some protection — kneepads, helmet, elbow pads, wrist guards — you name it, I got it. It’s funny that when you’re an adult and pay your own health insurance, suddenly safety matters. After about 30 minutes of adjusting and strapping, I was finally ready to roll.
Legs shaky, I’m sure I looked like a newborn gazelle during my first “ride.” I strategically skated alongside a wall in order to use the structure as a security blanket. I certainly didn’t feel (or look) as cool as I did skating when I was a kid. Regardless, the excitement was there, as was the same passion I had for it when I was 12. How could I have ever given this up?
I know, it’s pretty 1995 of me to be into inline skating, but I can’t help it. Some of my happiest times have been spent skating down the road with friends.
Not only does skating bring me absolute joy, but it’s also an incredible calorie burner. In fact, skating burns more than twice the amount that running does. And you don’t even really feel like you’ve worked out. Skating is also better on the knees, so I definitely recommend picking up a pair.
I’ve been taking my skates out for a spin pretty regularly now, and it’s slowly coming back to me. I’m not jumping things or skating backwards (yet), but I am moving about nicely without too many falls along the way.
So if you’re interested in skating, let me know. I’d love to roll about town with you. We could try our luck at the skate park (we might make fools of ourselves, but if so, who really cares?). Skate on, friends.