The Importance of Good Stretching Before Skating

Like any aerobic exercise, skating can put stress on your muscles. If you’re not properly warmed up before you start skating, you could end up pulling a muscle. Thankfully, taking a few minutes to stretch and warm up before you go full speed can help prevent injuries and make for a better session at Skateland in Bradford, MA!

Which Areas You Should Stretch

Skating is a full-body workout, but most of the stress is being put on your lower body from the hips down. Because of the combination of side-to-side and front-to-back movements, you definitely want to limber up your calves, quads, hamstrings, and hips.

  • stretchingQuads: The large muscle of the upper thigh is key to pushing off when you roller skate. To stretch this area, grab one foot at the ankle and pull it back behind you. Keep your other foot planted firmly on the floor with a slight bend in the knee. You can also use your other arm to steady yourself on the wall. Then switch to the other side and repeat.
  • Hamstrings: This muscle runs up the back of your leg. To stretch this area, keep your knees straight (but not locked) and bend forward slowly while reaching for your toes.
  • Calves: To stretch out your calves, you can do a similar motion as the hamstring stretch but put the ball of your foot on a step or a bench. Lean forward slowly and reach for your toes again.
  • Hips: Supine pigeon is a great hip stretch. While lying on your back, bend both knees up with your feet planted on the floor hip distance apart. Place your right ankle on your left knee and flex your foot to keep your ankle in place. Place your left hand on the back of your left thigh and reach through your legs with your right hand, grasping your left. Pull the left leg towards your forehead until you feel a good stretch.

The internet is full of great illustrations to show proper form for these and other great stretches. Check them out and then roll on over to Skateland and have some fun with us at the roller rink!

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