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Sunday, August 28, 2011
When I started roller skating, I really didn't know anything about the roller skate. My focus was on learning how to roller skate, not figuring out the different components. After you have been roller skating for a while, you probably will want to know more about the different parts of the skate. Perhaps you bought a skate that was not too expensive and now you want to upgrade. It is always wise to not begin your skating experience in an expensive skate. You might determine down the road that you might have wanted a different kind of skate. But because you invested so much initially, it is difficult to transition. So let's look at the different parts of the roller skate.

There are two types of boots. First is the artistic and recreational boot which is also called "high top boots". As the name implies, this type of boot is good for general skating at the rink or for dancing, etc. The second kind of boot is called "low top boots" and can be used for many things. You can use this kind of boot for speed skating, jam skating or roller derby skating. Like the "high top boots", the skate boots come in all kinds of prices. A few of the real good names are Vanilla, Riedell, Sure Grip and Pacer.

Anything over 90A hardness should be used for the rink. If you purchase a wheel lower than 90A, the wheel would be very appropriate for outdoors on sidewalks, bike tracks or just plain concrete. If the wheel is close to 90A, it probably could be used for both the rink and outdoors. But it is usually better to get a wheel for either outdoors or indoors. Or better yet, purchase a set of wheels for inside and well as outside. The wheels also come in different sizes. If you are into aggressive skating or roller derby skating, look for a wheel no larger than 59mm. A child learning to skate should be careful not to get too large a wheel. I would suggest something under 72mm would be good.

This supports the wheels and is attached to the boot. A good frame or "plate" as some call it is important to having a good skating experience. When looking for a frame, make sure that it is light weight. Today a lot of frames are made of aluminum or other materials that are lighter even than that! An experienced skater will make sure that the frame is top quality and will support the type of skating that they would like to do.

Bearings are used for the wheels to rotate smoothly and freely. They come in either 7mm or 8mm. Most skaters will want the 8mm. This refers to the inner diameter of the bearing and the size of the axle it is going on.

Toe Stops or Breaks
The top stops are lifesavers for beginning skaters! The breaks or stop can be on the toe or the heel or under the toe. If you are a beginning skater, make sure that your skate has one of these stops and someone tells you how to use it!

Most important of all, make sure that all your questions are answered before you purchase your skates. Once you have them, enjoy the experience. I hope that you will enjoy it for many years to come!

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Monday, August 22, 2011
If you live in the northern part of the United States, you must likely have to find your exercise indoors in the winter. Many go to the gym to get on a treadmill or exercise bike, etc. Or you might have purchased some kind of exercise equipment to use in your home. But what about engaging in some exercise outdoors on the sunny days when it still might be cool or in the good old summer days. Why not take up rollerblading (which is another way of saying inline skating). It can be a lot of fun and it is much better for you than being stuck inside trying to exercise. Most cities have nicely paved paths in parks or other appropriate locations near your home. As long as the paths are not covered in snow, you can inline skate any time of year. If you live in a city, please check the roller skating rinks. They many times will allow rollerblading on their rinks. If so, you will be able to skate all year-round regardless of the weather outside!

There are many great benefits from inline skating. It is much safer on the knees and back than jogging because your legs are not taking as much pounding against a hard surface. Compared to cycling, you don't have to travel as far to get maximum benefits. Rollerblading provides you with fantastic lower body workout by strengthening and toning your thighs, calves, and hamstrings. Additionally, you are getting a great cardiovascular workout!

I also would like to recommend that you combine skating with some strength training exercises with weights such as leg extensions, leg presses and calf raises. If you do this, you can be assured that your muscles and bones will remain strong and will help prevent any possible injuries from occurring. This is important not only for rollerblading, but also for any kind of exercise that involves the legs.

There is a debate whether you should engage in some stretching exercise before you begin exercising. I believe you should do what feels best for you. Also, the first few minutes should be done at a slower pace so that your muscles can appropriately warm up!

Rollerblading is very safe once you learn how to do it. Occasionally you will fall, but rarely by yourself. If you do, it is usually the result of something your skates hit on the pavement. It is always very wise to wear some protective equipment while skating. You might want to purchase some elbow, wrist and knee pads along with a good helmet.

I need to warn you that once you get on those skates and experience the joy of rollerblading, you are going to become addicted. My recommendation is not to fight this addiction, but enjoy it! Happy rollerblading!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Every year parents must decide what they are going to do with their child on his/her birthday. Many parents want to invite several of their children's friends to attend. Having it at their home has at least two drawbacks. First, there probably is not enough room to accommodate all the children.

Secondly, kids like to do something exciting and having a birthday party at a home just doesn't do it. Besides trying the obvious places like Chuck E. Cheese, why not try a roller skate rink. It is a place that is a very healthy alternative and has a good possibly to inspire a child to take up this sport!

If you live in a city, there probably is at least one if not many rinks available. Contact them and find out their rates, availability, and options they provide for a birthday party. Also, ask some of your friends if they have taken their children to a skating rink. Perhaps they can tell you which of the rinks in your city would provide the best experience.

There are a number of benefits by having a party at a rink. First, there are no limits set on the number of children that can attend a skating party. The rink will have one or two rooms which are decorated with fun scenes, and festive colors that are sure to put children in a great mood from the moment their arrive to the time they leave. The rooms are usually equipped with ample seating to accommodate the largest party crowds imaginable.

You can call the rink several weeks before the birthday to reserve the room. Even when you wait to the very last few days, sometimes they might find an opening, if you can be flexible. After a parents confirms the color scheme of the room, they can pick out balloons, etc and take them to the rink. Many rinks provide certain amenities for birthday parties. For example, some provide plates with matching cups for all the guests to use and plastic silverware will be placed at each place setting.

Some skating rinks have personalized birthday boxes at the front door so guest can place their gifts in them. Many times the rink workers or parents of the child bring the box into the birthday room either at the start of the party or at a planned time. Doing this helps to raise the excitement of the child. When the party is over, the guest know that there will be hours of skating ahead of them. This makes the party seem more joyful to the parents and kids.

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Monday, August 8, 2011
When children go to a roller skate rink for the very first time, they can easily be overwhelmed by their first experience. As they walk through the door of the rink, they probably can hear sounds coming for the rink inside. Additionally, in the lobby and on the rink they can hear laughter of children and families enjoying themselves. Parents need to be prepared for loud music and probably it would be a very good idea to wear a pair of ear plugs!
If you are entering a roller skate rink for the first time, you are beginning a fantastic experience whether you are an adult or child. You will be exposed to things that you have never seen before in your lifetime. If you did not bring your own roller skates, the first task you will have is to select a pair of skates that will fit your feet. Sometimes it might be necessary to try on a couple of pair before you find a skate that feels comfortable. Next you need to find a locker where you and your family will store you street shoes and personal valuables.

The odor of the lockers and the facility can sometimes be offensive in some rinks. Don't let that discourage you. Many families bring scented sprays with them so they can rid themselves of the smell of sweaty feet. Make sure that all the family members bring socks with them. The socks should be at least ankle length. If they are too short, they can easily cause blisters to form before your skating time is over. Also, bring with you some elastic toe bandages. Many experienced skaters won't skate without them!

When you get onto the skate floor, there are a few simple guidelines to follow. Experienced skates know how to push past the beginning skates that are slow on the rink. But there is an etiquette that is followed on a rink that is similar to the rules of driving in the fast lane. Slower skates are expected to skate near the wall of the rink which is always on the right side. Anything towards the center of the rink is reserved for skates who are experienced. Some of them can go very, very fast.

There are other types of enjoyment to be found at the rink. Teenagers (and children) love going to the snack bar or eating pizza with their friends. It is also a very good place for teens to take someone on a date. The lights on the rink floor are lowered throughout the night and couples have many changes to enjoy some dancing maneuvers while wearing their roller skates.
If you are a new skater, you probably will find an experienced skater who would be very willing to share with you some of their techniques. Usually at the rink you will find a lot of kind, helpful people. Some young people might spend very little time on their skates because of their interest in the video games and pinball machines that are usually located in a game room next to the rink.

If for some reason you did not like the rink you visited, try another one. Usually there are at least a couple of rinks in a small city. But by all means make this an experience that will be great for the entire family!

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Monday, August 1, 2011
Life today is so busy and complicated. Over the last few decades the family life has deteriorated to the point that family togetherness is not a common occurrence. Families need to be encouraged to find activities that they can do together and have fun! I would like to suggest roller skating as a family and fun activity. All you need is a pair of roller skates and a place to skate and you are ready for a fun activity.

If you happen to live in a cul-de-sac or a very quiet street, the pavement could be used as a skating rink. Just make sure that the children do not venture away from the cul-de-sac or street to a place where they could be in danger. If you are skating on a quiet street, make sure that your children know what to do if a car approaches. If you don't have a quiet place to skate outside your home, what about skating indoors! If you have laminated, wood or concrete flooring in a room that is fairly large, you can easily use that room by pushing all the furniture to the walls or removing the furniture. Sometimes the basement is a great place for this activity. If you don't have a place to skate at your home, you can always go to the rink. Check their schedule and many times you can find very good prices on some of their specials.

As far as finding skates are concerned, go online and search for some used skates. You sometimes can get a good deal of used skates at some of the auction or trade sites on the internet. You could also try visiting the Salvation Army or other used thrift shops. You can even try relatives and friends. They might have some used roller skates in the attic. The difficulty will be finding a pair that is the size that you need. Also, if you are skating outside, make sure the wheel is soft enough for that use. If indoors, there is a little bit more leeway in the hardness or the softness of the wheel. But if you are skating outdoors, make sure the hardness is well under 90A. If you don't know, ask a professional at a skate rink. However, if you want new skates, shop the online stores. But don't buy too cheap a skate. Anything under $50 is usually a skate that will not last. If you want your family to have a good experience, please invest enough into the skates so that they will have a good experience

Finally, make sure that everyone's skates fit well. If the skates fit too tight or too loose, pick another size. Even if the skates were given to you, don't let a family member skate with improper fitting boots. Skates should never rub or make blisters on your feet.

With this bit of advice under your belt, you and your family are ready for an activity you can enjoy together. It can be something your kids will remember the rest of their lives.
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