Ice skating is a hugely popular activity that forms the basis of many winter sports, including figure skating, ice hockey and speed skating. Ice skating is an accessible and social pastime which offers a diverse range of health and fitness benefits. Whether you hope to improve balance, strengthen leg muscles or gain nimbler footwork, it could be time to get your skates on!
When you're first starting to learn how to ice skate, try keeping your arms out to your sides. This can help you to keep your balance. Skate around the edges of the ice skating rink, to give you something to grab onto should you need extra support.
When you first get on the ice, learn how to glide. You can do this first by marching, just as you would on solid ground. Your ice skates will slide a little bit; go with it. As you get more comfortable, put some weight on one skate and then the other, letting your ice skates glide against the ice.
Falling is an inevitable part of learning how to ice skate. When you do fall, make sure you pull your hands in to keep them from getting run by other ice skaters. Make sure you get up again right away so that you don't let the fear of ice skating keep you from getting back on the ice.
This enjoyable sport offers a number of key health and fitness benefits. If you leg joints creak every time you rise from your bed in the morning, ice skating could offer you a real solution. With its emphasis on quick foot movements and supple knees, your leg joints will receive a great workout and feel more flexible in no time. Focusing on lower-body movement, ice skating offers great exercise for all the leg muscles, building them up over time.
Ice skating also help to improve your balance through fun and positive exercise and helps to improve mental fitness with high levels of concentration required and spatial awareness.
Try Ice Skating
For information on finding a skating club near you visit the National Ice Skating Association UK www.iceskating.org.uk. There are 19 approved Skate UK centres but there are other centres which offer ice skating and some temporary structures which normally appear around the festive season.
This activity is available in other centres too. To be directed to the centre that offers this activity as well, please select the district council first and then the centre from the below dropdown list. You will automatically be redirected to the centre page on centre selection.
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