Rollerblading / Inline skating

Rollerblades on the grass

Editors note 2022: As fun as this activity was returning to it in my 40's, it was short-lived. Skating requires your toes to be pressed closely together in boots. I developed a condition called Morton's neuroma, possibly from rollerblading. I needed foot surgery of a nerve removal to continue my normal walking with ease. Be careful keeping your toes confined closely when skating, skiing, wearing shoes, etc. Morton's neuroma is like walking on a rock with every step. It is no joke. Skate and stretch your toes. Take care of your feet. You only have one set :-)

I have found that in my 40's of my life, rollerblading, also known as inline skating, is one of the few cardio joys that remain for my struggling body. It is the closest activity I can perform that gives me that flow feeling I used to feel at times when I was able to run long distance. Sadly, at times with my chronic pains, it is easier for me to skate than to walk.

I have pelvic floor issues, and the only thing that I found that truly helps other than long-term physical therapy exercises and an uncomfortable wand is getting on my skates and going out for some sliding and gliding!

I was introduced to quad rollerskating when I was a 10 year old child and I loved it. It was fun to listen to music and slide along the wooden floors of the skating rink. I was never a master but I stuck with it and enjoyed myself with my best pal during childhood.

My personal testimony is that inline skating has given some strength back to my hips with all of lateral movements and vibrations required by outdoor skating.

I first started skating in September 2019 after many years. I was awful at first. My balance was bad, my feet/ankles were sore, and my strength for distance was low. I kept at it for a couple months, a couple times a week. I do not consider myself a master, but I much more confident on the blades. I wore a lot of safety gear at first, but as I have learned more, I wear less. Nevertheless, I am still careful wearing safety gear in my big city.

I did drills on my blades like squatting a bit, picking up sticks blocking trails and walking up and down steps. There are lots of videos on Youtube to help you learn how to get stronger and be a better skater.

I highly recommend rollerblading outside if you have hip issues. They really help me and my pelvic floor pain. I have chronic debilitating pelvic floor issues. Without fail, if I go out and skate for at least 15 minutes, my pain noticeably reduces. If you have pelvic floor pain, seriously consider trying skating!

I have bad balance, but time has shown that it improves if you practice. My confidence, speed, obstacle avoidance, obstacle handling, and distance on eight wheels has improved with time. Go to a tennis court. They have really flat smooth surfaces. Practice simple drills like stopping, turning and trying to skate on one foot. Throw a tennis ball and try to catch it. It really helps you improve! Heck, you can practice on throw rugs in your house. Avoid using your skates on hard wood floors (they often leave skid marks).

I cannot see any downside to strengthening and loosening your lateral movement muscles. It might make you a better runner, dancer, or whatever else moves you. Don't get a really cheap pair of skates or you will probably hate it. I hope my thoughts encourage you to give skating a try, especially if you are suffering with hip and/or pelvis issues.

Thanks for reading my thoughts -