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Older and Bigger People Can Inline Skate, too.

By January 30, 2008

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When deciding whether you or another family member should learn to inline skate or not, don't think about body size or age. Learning to skate will depend on each person's ability to manage his or her own weight, whatever that weight may be and regardless of age. Any person who cannot get up from a deep, comfortable piece of upholstered furniture or sit on the floor and get up without assistance of any kind will have a hard time with any skating sport whether they are heavy, thin, old or young. No one will be comfortable or safe on skates, if falling means they will not have enough strength or balance to get back up.

If you or your potential skater of any size or age has a problem with the little test above, don't decide to give up on inline skating. Most children and adults can learn to do these things off-skates with a little effort and practice. Once standing un-assisted from both furniture and floor level is mastered, practice balancing on one foot at a time in flat shoes or stocking feet. Try to work up to 60 seconds per foot, to re-set your internal human gyroscope.

If your age or size does not prevent these off-skate activites, sign up for instruction with your nearest parks and recreation center, skating rink or inline skating group. Most inline instructors can teach you how to stand up and maneuver on skates... as long as you can manage and balance your own weight off-skates.

How to prepare for inline skating lessons:
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