Back in 1982, President Reagan proclaimed every October as National Roller Skating Month for the United States. Roller Skating is an American tradition and has provided generations of children and adults with a healthy activity that burns up to 500 calories an hour while using almost 80% of the body’s muscles. Roller Skating has undergone many changes over the years that has kept it fresh, forward and engaging. Unlike some other sports that are more targeted to the younger ages, roller skating is enjoyed by people of all ages. Our students at Orbit Skate Center start as young as 18 months and we have skaters that are over 80 years of age.
Roller skating has many faces, from inline skates to traditional roller skates and the skates themselves vary as much as the skaters who love them. For those that like to skate fast there are 5 wheel inline racing skates, and many skaters race outdoors in marathon races. Indoor skating includes roller derby, jam skating, R&B skating, dance and freestyle artistic skating. To become a proficient skater takes time and practice. Taking classes and skating sessions is a great way to boost your skill level and the better skater you are, the more you will enjoy skating. Making sure you have skates that suit your style of skating and level of skating is an important factor in your level of enjoyment.
Today, roller skating is in the news almost daily. Stories of Roller Derby teams around the world including a new league in Shanghai, Speed Skating medal winners around the world that participate in the World Games and Pan American Games each year keep roller skating in the public eye.
Gather your friends and family and head on out to your local roller skating facility and find out how much fun it is to get rolling.