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Roller Skating

Can your child roller skate? If your answer is in the negative, your child is missing out on one of the most interesting activities he can indulge in for hours on end. Here are just some of the reasons you should invest in a pair of skates for your child.


Easy

Skating is easy to learn, all it takes is practice. Most children pick up skating within a day. Elbow and knee pads protect your child against bruises and scratches.


Solo activity

Your child does not need company for roller skating. All he needs are a pair of skates, and the right mood. He can strike out whenever he fancies, and skate around the block or around the building compound on his own. If your child is skating in a public place it is best that he is accompanied, for safety purposes.


Economical

You don't require membership to any club, and you don't need to shell out enormous fees to pay an instructor. Sports like tennis are extremely enjoyable as well, but they do require tennis rackets, balls, court fees, coach fees, and are not very light on the pocket. True, they are worth the investment, but until then, rollerblading is a great way to keep your child active and involved in a sporting activity. Skates are relatively inexpensive.


Exercise

Roller staking is great exercise for your child, so if your child spends a lot of time in front of the television or doing his homework, this is a fun way to get him to move around a little. It also strengthens the legs.


Balance

Teaching your child roller skating inculcates a sense of balance in your child, which will hold him in stead later on. He will be able to pick up other skills that require balance like cycling, skateboarding or rollerblading, faster. This ability increases his confidence, and also opens opportunities for various other sports and activities, making him more sports-minded and athletic.


Extracurricular activity

Roller skating can make for a great extra curricular activity. It is a skill that not every child knows, and this in itself can be a source of confidence for your child. It is also a lot of fun, and most children love roller skating.


Safe

Falling while roller skating is rarely as dangerous as falling while cycling. Make sure your child does not skate in an area where cars are passing. Certain parking lots are safe however; you would be the best judge. If your children roller skate in the parking compound, move the society to install mirrors on corners, so a car will be able to see children skating, cycling or playing around the corner.

Encourage a rollerskating culture in your neighbourhood. For your child's next birthday, have a rollerskating theme. Have the party outdoors, and encourage children to wear rollerskates. You could also try and teach your child's friends skating. You will be amazed with the speed at which a skating culture can catch on. Before long, your child will be skating with a huge group of friends.

In various countries around the world cycling and rollerskating paths are set up alongside main roads, and children and adults perform errands on skates. Often, people that live close to their offices, go to work on skates, as they believe it is a great way to get some exercise into their routine. Not only is it good for your body, it is also economical (as you save on petrol), and great for the environment. And you're not exhausted and sweaty when you reach work, as you would be if you jogged. And, once again, it's a lot of fun! So visit the nearest toy store and surprise your child with a pair of skates, and watch him fly!  

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Payal.4 years ago
Hi Riya, Good to find you here. My kid is also into skating at Orchids school Bangalore. Loves skating!
 
 
 
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Riya.4 years ago
My kid is excited to learn skating. In Orchids The International School, I have put my little one into skating. The coach is really friendly and I love to watch my kid learning how to skate.Thanks for the interesting post on skating!
 
 
 
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gunjan.4 years ago
i wan to learn skating but my mom is jus not allowing me.. she thinks i might break my back o bones..:(
 
 
 
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Saseendar.5 years ago
Dear Praveen from Pondicherry or others... I am 28 and am interested in learning Roller skating. Is it difficult. Could you adice some place in Pondicherry where it can be learnt... Would be grateful for your advice...
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Amit Gole.7 years ago
The Ideal age to start roller skating is 4 is you are going to pursue it compititevly and for fitness you can start at any age as the sport dosnt put extra pressure on your joints and muscles in genral as compared to other sports like running and cycling. this sport is also very good aerobically to increase your fitness and develop your concentration..

Regards,
Amit Gole
speedskating.ning.com
 
 
 
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rakesh.7 years ago
very well writeen.
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suresh.7 years ago
good article
 
 
 
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S Mahuli.7 years ago
its a great idea and very well presented. i would like to know the minimum age when children can start to skate. if anyone could guide it would be nice.
 
 
 
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Carrie-anne.7 years ago
brings back childhood memories.i might go buy myself a pair.
 
 
 
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marina.7 years ago
i have to agree that roller skating is a very fun and healthy sport. it builds physical strength and coordination for people of all ages. i started skating after going to a friend's birthday party at the local roller rink. originally i wanted to take a few classes just to learn how to skate, but i ended up getting so much more than that. i ended up absolutely adoring the sport and got involved in roller skating's figure skating program, which by the way is much more affordable than ice. 14 years later, i've traveled all over the world competing in competitions and now i'm coaching and passing on the love for roller skating.
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