While it is no longer as common as it once was, ice skating is still great fun for all the family and an excellent winter exercise.
Ice skating is a wonderful endurance sport that enhances cardiovascular fitness and at the same time helps to build powerful muscles and develop coordination. The flowing movements are kind on your joints. Below we tell you what you need to bear in mind when ice skating.
Tip 1: Skate on solid ground
Unfortunately, frozen lakes or ponds are usually dangerous places to skate. It can be difficult, not only for beginners but also for experienced skaters, to assess whether an ice-covered surface is completely frozen and therefore safe. Frozen branches and leaves can also be real trip hazards and increase the risk of injury. Your best option therefore is to find an ice rink in your area where you can start your winter fitness training safely.
Tip 2: Get some proper lessons
The first step is always the hardest. Regardless of what age you are when you start ice skating, good training is fundamental for all beginners. In particular, swerving and stopping on the ice are things that need to be continually practised. Yet another reason to go to an ice stadium or ice rink as they often have trainers there. Another option could be to meet up with friends who are experienced skaters. They are sure to be happy to take you by the hand. Enjoying the ice together is also a great opportunity to spend time with your friends.
Tip 3: Wrap up well
When exercising during the winter you need to feel comfortable and protect yourself against injury. Knee and elbow protectors and a helmet are therefore some of the equipment that you will need. Thick gloves are also very important! These will keep you warm and snug and protect you from injuries caused by the sharp blades of other skaters. Incidentally, you can also hire skates at most ice rinks. Don’t tie them too tightly or too loosely. This will only result in cramped feet or poor grip. And last but not least: you can really only skate properly on well-sharpened blades.
Your Dole team wishes you lots of fun on the ice!