Yesterday I transported back in time to when I was 12 years old. How, you ask? Apparently there is a local time machine not far from where I live, and it’s called the “Roller Jam Skating Rink.” For $7, I got to strap on these lovely rental skates…
…which I must say did not really compare to my Roller Derby friend’s totally rockin’ skates:
I was not deterred, however, from my complete and utter lack of coolness (she even had a skull & bones bandana people!). I was determined to burn some calories and have some fun in the process. My main goal truthfully was to not fall down. I am happy to report that I stayed upright the entire time… Well, I did take several breaks to sit down and to catch my breath because I learned (quickly) over the course on an hour that roller skating is one mega-workout. I definitely feel the presence of my core today. 🙂 After a quick search online, I found plenty of commentary affirming that roller skating is great for calorie burn and cardiovascular health. If, like me, you haven’t skated in a long time, it’s okay. Thankfully there is muscle and coordination memory. If you haven’t skated before, I think folks who go to or work at skating rinks tend to be kind and helpful, so you’ll be fine. With fun music and childhood flashbacks, I recommend breaking up your regular routine with a mini-adventure to your local rink.
Who said exercise has to be boring? 🙂
Today’s inspirational spark:
Matt has Spastic Cerebral Palsy, but opted to run in Field Day at Colonial Hills Elementary School despite being given the option to sit it out and despite the incredible challenge of his disability. What transpires is a boy who is filled with determination and a school of children who spontaneously come together and inspire Matt and everyone of us to do and be better.