October has been National Roller Skating Month since President Reagan declared it in 1983. During the month of October individuals, instructors and rink members of the Roller Skating Association International (RSA) remind families that safe fitness and fun activities are right around the corner at the local roller skating center.
Today, computers, video game consoles and digital TV are a way of life for most children and adults. Everyone can get more physical activity and work toward a healthy lifestyle by adding roller sports into the activity mix. Studies show that inline or roller skating is equivalent to jogging in calories burned and fat reduction.
Outdoor skaters can take advantage of this month to make a transition to indoor skating for the Winter months. And for those who are lucky enough to have year-round skating temperatures, think of your skating facility during rainy seasons and heat waves. There is always a climate controlled rink somewhere beckoning you.
Roller Sports Have a Rich History
The history of quad roller skates and the history of inline skating equipment is interesting and has resulted in many options for skaters. There are a lot of different disciplines to choose from including inline speed, roller hockey on quads and inlines, artistic skating on quads and inlines, jam skating and the recent growth of adult freestyle skating.
Famous Athletes Were Roller Skaters
Many famous athletes in various sports got off to a good start by roller skating. NBA 2004 Slam Dunk Champion, Fred Jones, admits that roller skating helped strengthen his leg muscles and contributed to his successful college basketball career at Oregon and a spot on the Indiana Pacers team. Olympic Gold Medal speed skater Chad Hedrick began his career on roller skates before switching to ice skates to compete in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Olympic speed skater Apollo Ohno also started competing in inline speed skating before switching to ice blades to compete in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
Super Stars Love to Skate
There are celebrities and superstars who enjoy roller sports, too. Grammy winner and pop music star Beyonce Knowles hosted her 21st birthday party at a roller skating center in Atlanta, Georgia. Little Bow Wow, Mike Epps and Jurnee Smollett are all roller skating enthusiasts and starred in the rhythm skating movie, “Roll Bounce.” Missy Elliot and Ciara both featured roller skating in their music videos, and the Matchbox 20 musicians shot one of their videos skating on quad skates in a skating center. Janet Jackson and Kim Bassinger also throw star-studded birthday parties at a skating center in California.
Roller skating centers provide exercise, entertainment, fun and competitive activities for inline and quad skaters of all ages. National Roller Skating Month is a reminder to potential skaters and skate families to take a look at roller sports by visiting a roller skating center.