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Monday, June 20, 2011
When are you too old to take up roller skating? Is there a magic age when you should shut it down? If you are considering taking up this sport, there are a couple of things that you need to consider.
1. Level of fitness
If you are more than thirty pounds overweight, you probably should spend some time in the gym before you begin. If you go to the gym twice a week, continue getting good exercise for at least a couple of months. This is important so that your muscles, tendons and ligaments will be strong enough to withstand the impact of falling and having a lower chance of injury. If you really want to tone up the muscles and have better results, find a personal trainer who will get you started safely with a program of weight lifting and cardiovascular training. Also, the preparation in the gym will likely cause you to lose some weight before you changeover to roller skating. By the way, roller skating is a great way to stay fit and also lose some weight!
2. The health of your bones
If you are a post menopausal women, I would recommend that you see your doctor before beginning this sport. The doctor can do a bone density assessment and can let you know if your bones are healthy enough to skate. Because this is a weight-bearing activity, skating can build bone density to a certain extent. Of course, men can have brittle bones as well. It would be wise for a man over the age of 50 to also have a bone density assessment. If you have a good assessment, the rink can be your playground. Now that does not mean that you won't have an injury. It can happen to anyone at any age. But the risk of injury is a lot higher when you hit the floor or pavement with brittle bones.
Perhaps you are looking for an age limit. There are people in their 80's and 90's at the rink skating. However, there are people in their 50's and 60's who are in such poor physical health that it would not be wise for them to take up this sport until they are in better shape. Now you can put on some protective equipment like a helmet and pads if you are not in good shape, but it is not wise to engage in this sport until you follow the two recommendations above. In conclusion, keep yourself in good physical condition and you can enjoy this sport well into your golden years.

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by: My Roller Skate World


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