Facts about exercise you are totally missing.

123966-600x800-girlliftingweightsIt is gloomy outside and you feel like you need that extra bit of motivation to get you exercising? Look no further because here are some facts to inspire you!
1) Exercising gets you smarter! Cardiovascular exercise helps create new brain cells. This improves brain power and brain activity. It also increases the production of cells that are responsible for learning and memory.

2) Movement melts stress away! As much as it may stress you out to just think about exercising, once you start working out, you’ll experience less stress in every part of your life. Exercise produces a relaxation response that serves as a positive distraction. It also helps elevate your mood and keep depression at bay.

3) Exercise lets you eat more! Pound for pound, muscle burns more calories at rest than body fat. So, the more muscle you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate. And, of course, you also burn calories while you’re actually exercising. All this means that “cheating” with a cookie once in a while isn’t going to take you back 10 steps. Can you eat anything? No, but you can afford to enjoy some of the things you really like when you exercise regularly. You can better get away with those things in moderation than you can when you’re not working out!

people-exercising4) Exercise helps your career! Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity. Improved productivity not only makes you a better worker, it makes things better for everyone in the workplace. Companies with less wasted work hours and less sick time end up with lower health care costs.

5) Exercise makes you sleep better! Struggling to snooze? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to hit the hay.

6) Exercise Benefit: More Muscle! As people enter their forties and fifties, muscle mass starts to decline because of aging and, in some cases, decreased activity levels. Muscular atrophy can also occur because of health conditions such as joint pain. As we age, it’s important to increase or maintain muscle mass through strength training, not only because it helps burn calories, but also because muscle mass is essential for strength and balance.

10993377086_b4b3a54406_b7) Healthier Digestion! Although constipation can have a variety of causes, a lack of exercise can be a major contributing factor. Exercise can help. It also enhances many factors that are indirectly beneficial, such as increased hydration and better dietary intake.

8) Cut Cancer Risk! Inactivity is associated with increased risk for a number of cancers, including colon and breast cancer. Exercise has been linked with a decreased risk of developing cancer, death from cancer, and recurrence of certain cancers. The suggested mechanisms at play include exercise’s beneficial effects on the immune and surveillance systems that detect and kill cancer cells, improved cardio-respiratory status, improved hormonal profiles, weight maintenance, and other beneficial metabolic effects, he says.

So what are you waiting for? Figure out your favourite way to exercise and head here to gear up!

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The long and weird History of Puma.

puma3PUMA is one of the most stylish and popular footwear companies in the word, and they have a wide range of athletic and casual gear. But they actually have more products and a more storied history than you’re probably aware of. Read below to find out more.

In 1924, Rudolf and his brother Adolf Dassler had jointly formed the company Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik. The relationship between the two brothers deteriorated until the two agreed to split in 1948, forming two separate entities, Adidas and PUMA.

Shortly after the company is founded, Rudolf Dassler successfully develops a football boot with screw-in studs in collaboration with experts, such as West Germany’s national coach Sepp Herberger. The launch of the “SUPER ATOM” in 1952, the world’s first boot with screw-in studs, marks the beginning of PUMA’s highly successful heritage in football.

Soccer Legend Pele Won Multiple World Cups Wearing Their Cleats! In fact, one of the greatest players of all time (if not the greatest) won three world cups wearing PUMAs. He was also named best player in the tournament the second time he won.

puma2The Jumping Cat Logo was First Introduced in 1967. The iconic logo didn’t originate when the company did and arrived almost twenty years later. Today it is near-impossible to imagine the company without associating it with this image.
The logo with the jumping cat, today one the most famous trademarks worldwide, was created by Lutz Backes, a cartoonist from Nuremberg. As the product range is extended to include not only shoes but also sportswear, the logo begins to appear more frequently on PUMA products such as performance apparel and bags.

At the Olympic Games in Atlanta, PUMA causes a stir with a creative contact lens campaign: at a press conference prior to the Games, Linford Christie appears with a white PUMA cat on top of his pupils. PUMA’s contact lens campaign later becomes a symbol for innovative marketing, not only in the sports industry but far beyond.

In 1973 the Clydes – the First Basketball Sneaker Named for an NBA Player – Were Released. The New York Knick Walt “Clyde” Frazier was one of the most stylish and iconic NBA players of the 1970’s, so it is appropriate that he was a trailblazer in terms of having signature sneakers. The PUMA Clydes were first released the same year that the Knicks won their second championship.

In 1998 PUMA signs Serena Williams. One year later she wins her first Grand Slam Tournament, the US Open. In 2002, PUMA and Serena Williams unveil the “Serena Williams Tennis Collection”.  In the same year, she causes a stir worldwide in her skintight “Catsuit”, wins at Wimbledon and is ranked number one in the world for the first time in her career.

puma1Rihanna becomes PUMA’s global ambassador for Women’s Training and serves as the PUMA Women’s Creative Director, where she directly influences product collections. She also works to design and customize classic PUMA styles and create new product lines.

PUMA Has its Own Competitive Sailing Yacht! The Company has a wide range of shoes, sneakers and cleats. But you probably would not have guessed that in the past ten years, they have also created a sailing yacht that has been entered in competitive races.

What is your favourite new thing to learn about PUMA? Tell us in comment section below! And check out those shoes created by Usain Bolt himself HERE!

12 facts about Nike You’ve never heard before!

nike1Over 50 years ago, on January 25th, 1964, Nike was born. Well, not Nike we as we know it, but on that date Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman founded Blue Ribbon Sports, which would eventually turn into the biggest athletic brand in the world. Nike is one of the most dominant sports brands in the business. However, there are probably still a few things you don’t know about the brand that has defined “cool” for more than 40 years. Here are 12 facts about Nike that we bet you have never heard:

The company’s first shoes were made inside a waffle iron, with the iron creating the grooved pattern that helps athletes grip running tracks.

The Nike swoosh was designed by a Portland State University student for just $35. She was later given stock now worth more than $640,000.

nike2Serial killer Gary Gilmore’s final words “let’s do it” inspired the slogan “Just Do It”.

Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield also designed the Bat boot in the first “Batman” and Michael J. Fox’s hoverboarding shoes in “Back to the Future Part II”.

Cofounder Bill Bowerman was a celebrated Olympic track-and-field coach and head coach at the University of Oregon.

The funky start times of Nike events have a meaning. If you’ve noticed that N+TC events and NRC events start at 0:34 or 0:03, it’s because Bowerman believed that starting a workout at 8:34 (instead of 8:30, for example) would promote punctuality. He knew his athletes would remember the specific time and show up right on time. Nike honours his memory with this subtle but fun tribute.

Nike takes your old shoes and turns them into tracks and playgrounds for kids. The recycled material is called “Nike Grind.”

Nike wants sports to be for everyone. Its motto, coined by cofounder Bowerman, is “If you have a body, you’re an athlete.”

nike3The Nike Cortez has been a popular silhouette lately (Bruno Mars wore them during the halftime performance at the Super Bowl), but the style originated in 1967 and was the second shoe design from Bowerman and Knight! It was “designed to be the finest long-distance shoe in the world.”

The company was formed for a college assignment! Knight attended the University of Oregon before moving on to Stanford in 1960. In one class, Knight was challenged to come up with a business plan. Assuming better shoes could be made more cost-efficiently in Japan, he proposed a footwear brand that used foreign labour and would be marketed to high school and college athletes. By 1964, Knight and Bowerman had conceived of and opened Blue Ribbon Sports, an import distributor of the Japanese Onitsuka Tiger track shoe. Bowerman took the goods and tweaked them for runners, and Knight sold them out of his car trunk.

The first sneaker to be sold with the logo and company name was a football cleat in 1971. The shoe was manufactured in the warm climate of New Mexico, and the company hadn’t thought to test it in more frigid temperatures. When athletes in winter conditions started using it, the sole quickly cracked in two. Nike was forced to offer most of the 10,000 pairs it produced for $7.95 as a closeout sale.

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You never heard this about Adidas!

adidas2After close to 70 years into the game, the brand is as relevant as ever with the addition of influential taste makers such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams to their stable. Adidas will be turning 68-year-old this August and here are some things you may have not heard about this global brand.

1. The brand was born out of a sibling rivalry. After working together for years at the family company called Gebrüder Dassler, Adi Dassler and his older brother Rudolf began to bump heads. They split the company and its assets and, in the late 1940s, formed two separate companies: adidas and Puma. The feud carried on for decades, up until a symbolic soccer game in 2009.

adidas12. It was almost called “Addas”! The company’s founder and namesake, Adolf “Adi” Dassler, wanted his brand to be called “Addas” after the split with his brother Rudi. But according to Barbara Smit’s book Sneaker Wars, his registration was turned down because there was already a German children’s shoe company with that name. The addition of a single vowel made all the difference. Similarly, his brother wanted to register his new company as “Ruda” but it was thought to be “inelegant and plump,” Smit wrote, so he went with “Puma” instead.

Shirt Girl Adidas Lifestyle Street People Sport3.The Three Stripes used to belong to another European sneaker brand to adidas’ north. Karhu is a Finnish sneaker brand with an Olympic history just like adidas, and it put the Three Stripes on footwear before adidas. But Karhu sold its stripes to adidas for 1,600€ and two bottles of “good whiskey.”

4. The Samba wasn’t designed as an “indoor soccer shoe,” it has a deeper history. The adidas Samba has become synonymous with indoor soccer, but it was originally made for players to get traction on the hard and icy winter fields of Europe.

5. Adidas invented shower shoes! According to the adidas blog, the German football team came to the company in the 1960s because they wanted shoes for their players to wear in the showers and in changing rooms so that they could be protected from the gross things that grow in those places. After a few design changes, what the world knows as the Adilette was released in 1972. It’s still a popular choice for athletes and dorm-dwellers.

adidas46. Anyone can access an online archive of their products. All of them! In 2013, adidas launched an archive to give fans a closer look at the brand’s history. The site operates more like an online museum and features photos of old footwear models, scans of vintage catalogs, curated exhibitions, and tons of information about the people and products that have made the company what it is today.

7. The brand is heading to space! Y-3 (adidas’ fashion design label) and designer Yohji Yamamoto announced in January that passengers aboard the first commercial flight to space with Virgin Galactic (including Leonardo DiCaprio and Richard Branson) will wear jumpsuits and boots from the brand. Prototypes of the one-piece suits and boots were made of leather and fire-retardant materials, and the Y-3 team will continue to test and make improvements to the designs until the launch date, which has not yet been determined.

What is your favourite Adidas item? If you do not have one yet, maybe it’s time to find it here!

10 facts about Skateboarding you probably don’t know.

skateboarding1Skateboarding, as we know it, was probably born sometime in the late 1940s, or early 1950s, when surfers in California wanted something to do when the waves were flat. This was called “sidewalk surfing” – a new wave of surfing on the sidewalk as the sport of surfing became highly popular. No one knows who made the first board; it seems that several people came up with similar ideas at around the same time. The first manufactured skateboards were ordered by a Los Angeles, California surf shop, meant to be used by surfers in their downtime. Here are a few more things you may not have known about skateboarding.

The very first skateboards were like scooters and dated way back to the early 1900’s. They were generally wood-bases with milk crates nailed onto them. These skateboards also sported handles.

skateboarding2Before the ramp for skateboarding was invented, skateboarders used to practice in empty swimming pools and drainage ditches. It was later that they began to build the ramp, which led to the development of the half pipe that forms the core of skateboarding at more advanced levels.

Women have been as involved in skateboarding from the beginning. The first female professional skateboarder in history was Patti McGee.

Kids as young as 2 years of age have dabbled in skateboarding, while the average age of skateboarders is 12 years. The oldest person to learn skateboarding was 67 years old.

skateboarding4A “jump” from flatland is called an Ollie, a name which originated from its inventor Alan Gelfand (…It was his nickname!). The highest recorded Ollie was 45 inches high! (That’s more than a meter!)

A skateboard deck is made from seven pieces of plywood maple. This fact can never be recognized by the naked eye.

The use of skateboards solely as a form of transportation is often associated with the longboard. Depending on local laws, using skateboards as a form of transportation outside residential areas may or may not be legal. Backers cite portability, exercise, and environmental friendliness as some of the benefits of skateboarding as an alternative to automobiles.

In 1976, Florida built the first outdoor skate-park. Soon, all North America had skate-parks. Soon after, skateboarding moved from being a horizontal to a vertical sport.

skateboarding6In Norway, the ownership, use and sale of skateboards was banned from 1978-1989. A shocking increase in the number of people getting injured while riding a skateboard prompted the government to implement the ban. Norwegian skateboarding fans constructed ramps in secluded areas like forests to escape the ban and practiced the sport there.

The United States Marine Corps experimented with the use of off-the-shelf skateboards in the late 1990’s. They used these in urban-combat military manoeuvre exercises to detect sniper fire and tripwires.

Some weird news about hockey you probably don’t know

hockey 3Games played with curved sticks and a ball can be found in the histories of many cultures. In Egypt, 4000-year-old carvings feature teams with sticks and a projectile, hurling dates to before 1272 BC in Ireland, and there is a depiction from approximately 600 BC in Ancient Greece. In Inner Mongolia, the Daur people have been playing beikou, a game very similar to modern field hockey, for about 1,000 years. Hockey is a lot older than most people believe, and here are some other facts you may not have known about hockey.

Hockey is one of the oldest team sports in the world, dating back nearly 3000 years to the Greek classical era. Modern day hockey was first played in Scotland in 1700’s.

When the Latvian hockey team plays at home and wins a game, fans pay a visit to the embassy of the opposing team’s home country and lay flowers at its gate.

Keanu Reeves was so good at being a hockey goalkeeper he was nicknamed ‘The Wall’. He dreamed of playing hockey for Canada but an injury ended his hopes for a career in the sport.

hockey 2In USSR, bears were trained and forced to play ice hockey as part of circus performance. Here is the video.

There is a team of hockey-playing Roman Catholic priests called the Flying Fathers. They only play exhibition games to raise money for charities.

The word “puck” was first recorded in the February 7th, 1876 edition of the Montreal Gazette, so the NHL regards this date as the hockey puck’s birthday—even though they’d already been used for decades by then.

When hockey was played in its early days, a frozen patty of cow faeces was used as a puck. Today, hockey pucks are frozen before a game to prevent them from bouncing during play.

Every member of a Stanley Cup winning team gets a personal day with the Cup. Many champs have taken part in the tradition of filling the Cup with food. Some of the items that have been eaten from the Cup include cereal, meatballs, chicken wings, poutine, and ice cream.

In Detroit, fans often throw octopi on the ice during the playoffs, when the Red Wings score. The tradition dates to the Original Six era, when it only took eight wins — one for every octopus tentacle — to capture the Stanley Cup.

The layer of ice in a pro hockey rink is usually three-quarters of an inch thick and is kept at a temperature of -9 degrees Celsius.

Celebrities Emma Watson, Kate Middleton, Jennifer Lawrence and Heath Ledger all played field hockey.Hockey was originally called

HockeyHockey was originally called shinty. Hockey is the 2nd most played sport in the world (after football/soccer).

Hockey is the 2nd most played sport in the world (after football/soccer).

The British army helped spread hockey throughout the British empire which explains its popularity in countries like India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand.

Hockey is amazing, and a versatile game that can be played regardless whether you have access to skating rank or not. Check out our hockey range and get yourself started!

Secrets about volleyball you are totally missing

Ashley_Sparks_vs_PeruWhenever you think of volleyball, what comes to mind first? Sand? Beach? Summer? Or maybe Tom Hanks’ character screaming for Wilson in the most memorable scene of “Cast away”? Well, actually volleyball started off as an indoor sport!

On February 9, 1895, in Holyoke, Massachusetts (USA), William G. Morgan, a YMCA physical education director, created a new game called Mintonette as a pastime to be played (preferably) indoors and by any number of players. The game took some of its characteristics from tennis and handball. Another indoor sport, basketball, was catching on in the area, having been invented just ten miles (sixteen kilometres) away in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, only four years before. Mintonette was designed to be an indoor sport, less rough than basketball, for older members of the YMCA, while still requiring a bit of athletic effort.
0The first volleyball net, borrowed from tennis, was only 6’6″ high (though you need to remember that the average American was shorter in the nineteenth century).
The first rules, written down by William G Morgan, called for a net 6 ft. 6 in (1.98 m) high, a 25 ft. × 50 ft. (7.6 m × 15.2 m) court, and any number of players. A match was composed of nine innings with three serves for each team in each inning, and no limit to the number of ball contacts for each team before sending the ball to the opponents’ court. In case of a serving error, a second try was allowed. Hitting the ball into the net was considered a foul (with loss of the point or a side-out)—except in the case of the first-try serve.
After an observer, Alfred Halstead, noticed the volleying nature of the game at its first exhibition match in 1896, played at the International YMCA Training School (now called Springfield College), the game quickly became known as volleyball (it was originally spelt as two words: “volley ball”). Volleyball rules were slightly modified by the International YMCA Training School and the game spread around the country to various YMCAs.

The offensive style of setting and spiking was first demonstrated in the Philippines in 1916. Over the years that followed, it became clear that standard rules were needed for tournament play, and thus the USVBA (United States Volleyball Association) was formed in 1928.

vo_roster_wThere is a dispute over whether the ball used in the first volleyball game was a basketball or a basketball’s inner air bladder. Basketballs at the time (1895) were made of leather, while basketball bladders were made of cloth. The first ball manufactured for use in volleyball was made of leather.
Unlike the basketball possibly used in the first game, the first ball specifically designed for volleyball had a bladder made of rubber, not cloth. This made the ball more elastic than a basketball, despite the two being made of similar surface materials. The ball was manufactured by the Spalding sports equipment company upon request of William G. Morgan, the sport’s creator. Morgan was dissatisfied with the performance of the ball and air bladder he had attempted to use early in the development of the sport.

As we are approaching summer, why not get yourself a volleyball? If you get a Wilson ball, here you will never have to worry about company again!

Why you should start weightlifting NOW

weightliftin1Weight lifting, international sport, also a training technique for athletes in other sports. From the earliest times, men have lifted weights as a test of strength. Long popular as a competitive sport in Europe, Egypt, Turkey, and Japan, weight lifting became increasingly popular in the United States after 1900. Although the first World Championship for Women’s Olympic weightlifting took place in 1987 it wasn’t until 2000 that women stepped onto the Olympic Stage.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s or Hulk’s frame may not be the body type you are striving for. CrossFit might seem like a complete madness. But here are 7 reasons why you really should start weightlifting.

Better sleep: 60% of people who weight train get an average of 7 hours or more of sleep per night. In a small 2012 study in older men, researchers found that resistance training reduced the number of times the study participants woke up during the night, as compared to a control group who performed no exercise.

weightlifting3Better mood: Weight lifting boosts dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin, making it a natural antidepressant. Strength training has been linked to reduced anxiety and depression symptoms as well as improved self-esteem, and it may even give your brainpower a boost.

Weight loss: Increased metabolism means you burn more calories when your body is resting. Simply having more muscle on your frame helps your body burn up extra calories — even when you’re sitting completely still.

Longer life: By 80 years-old, sedentary people will lose 50% of their muscle mass, weight training can stop, prevent and reverse muscle loss. As we get older, the more muscle mass we have, the less likely we are to die prematurely, according to 2014 research from UCLA. “In other words, the greater your muscle mass, the lower your risk of death,” study co-author Arun Karlamangla, M.D., said in a statement. “Thus, rather than worrying about weight or body mass index, we should be trying to maximize and maintain muscle mass.” More energy: Resistance training causes an increase in energy expenditure hours after you train.

More energy: Resistance training causes an increase in energy expenditure hours after you train. A study published by the National Institute of Health suggests that the chronic increase in energy expenditure, even after a minimal resistance training session, may favourably effect energy balance and fat oxidation.Flexibility: Researchers from the University of North Dakota pitted static stretches against strength-training exercises and found that full-range resistance training workouts can improve flexibility just as well as your typical static stretching regimen. The key word here is “full-range”. If you can’t complete the full motion—going all the way up and all the way down—with a given weight, you may need to use a lighter dumbbell and work up to it.

weightlifting6Flexibility: Researchers from the University of North Dakota pitted static stretches against strength-training exercises and found that full-range resistance training workouts can improve flexibility just as well as your typical static stretching regimen. The key word here is “full-range”. If you can’t complete the full motion—going all the way up and all the way down—with a given weight, you may need to use a lighter dumbbell and work up to it.

Better for your joints: Proper strength training is the solution to joint issues. Stronger muscles better hold your joints in position, so you won’t need to worry about your knee flaring up during your next run!So what are you waiting for? There are no excuses! Start lifting today, we have everything you might need

So what are you waiting for? There are no excuses! Start lifting today, we have everything you might need here!

15 THINGS THEY NEVER TOLD YOU ABOUT FOOTBALL

American football as we know it today evolved in the United States. It originated from the sports of association football and rugby football.

  • 1. Yale player Walter Camp, now regarded as the “Father of American Football”, secured the rules in 1880.
  • 2. The first recognized football game as played between Rutgers and Princeton Universities in 1869, using rugby-like rules.
  • 3. It was an incredibly dangerous sport then it started! Dangerous mass-formations, which involved interlocking interference, like the flying wedge resulted in serious injuries and even deaths. A 1905 peak of 19 fatalities nationwide resulted in a threat by President Theodore Roosevelt to abolish the game unless major changes were made.
  • 4. The huddle was invented by Paul Hubbard. A legally deaf quarterback from Gallaudet University, he “huddled” other players together so he could hear them better and to protect them from the other teams’ prying eyes.
  • 5. Helmets weren’t mandatory for football players until 1939.
  • 6. Professional as well as college football teams often use the CorTemp Ingestible Core Body Thermometer Pill,” which was developed by NASA to keep track of astronauts’ body temperatures. When a football player’s body temperature rises too high, they are removed from play and given first aid.
  • 7. NFL Players have been fined up to $5000 for giving a game ball to a fan. So if you are ever lucky enough to get one from your favourite player, you should really appreciate it!
  • 8. It is a game for all shapes and sizes, with 20-stone blockers featuring in the same team as speedy pass catchers.
  • 9. American football is like a chess match with shoulder pads – the strategic element is just as important as the physical skills of those playing.
  • 10. The sport is open to people of all disabilities and the British American Football Association is looking to develop a competition structure.
  • 11. Flag football is the non-contact version of the game, where tackles are made by pulling off a flag worn at the players’ waist.
  • 12. It’s the fastest growing format of the game in Great Britain, played in schools, colleges and universities.
  • 13. The Baltimore Ravens are the only NFL franchise to have male cheerleaders on their squad. The 21 male cheerleaders earn a $100-a-game stipend each for their work on the side lines.
  • 14. According to a 2003 Forbes report, cheerleaders account for more than $1 million in team revenue each year. However, cheerleaders are not in it for the money. While a typical NFL player earns a yearly salary of $860,000, cheerleaders earn between $100 to $200 a game and need to cover all the clothing and preparation costs from their own pockets.
  • 15. Flag football retains the same principles as the contact game with offensive teams having four attempts (downs) to reach a certain point on the field with the defensive team seeking to halt their progress.Wilson, which has been the exclusive maker of NFL footballs since 1941, produces 4000 balls per day! There are no excuses to skip on having a few games this weekend. Have a look at a variety of our Wilsons here: American Football

YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT ROLLER SKATING CAN DO TO YOU

Roller Skates funSlowly but surely even in Scotland, we are starting to get a little bit of sun. Planning to spend your weekend in the park? Here we are telling why you should channel your inner roller derby champion!

Strengthen the heart: studies have shown that roller skating provides a complete aerobic workout and involves all the body’s muscles, especially the heart. That’s right, roller skating can help your most important muscle in the body – your heart – work better, too!

Get in shape: one hour of moderate roller skating burns 330 calories for a 143-pound person. If that same person roller skates vigorously up to 10 mph, he or she will burn up to 600 calories in an hour. A pretty nice alternative to swampy spin class…

Work the arms and legs: skating works the legs and glutes as you power through movement, while your arms and core get a workout as you balance your body during the movement. Roller skating helps build strength, it works your glutes, quads, abs, calves and arms. Stronger muscles and better coordination work together to prevent injuries and keep you active and limber.

roller skatesImprove your balance: balance is an underrated principle of our everyday functioning. It keeps you upright, allows you to walk without assistance and helps prevent injury. Using roller skates forces you to stand more upright. In the end of the day, enhancement of efficient balance and movement of the legs leads to more coordination.

It’s suitable for any age: skating provides you with a fluid motion that keeps you from damaging your joints. According to a study conducted at the University of Massachusetts, in-line skating causes less than 50 percent of the impact shock to joints compared to running. Find it hard to believe? Just look at Roy Payton!

It is safe for children: roller skating is three times safer than football, four times safer than basketball and five times safer than cycling!

SkatersIt’s transportable: unlike a bike or skateboard, roller skates can just be shoved inside a backpack or carried by the shoelaces. No fuss way to get to work and exercise at the same time!

It’s a great social activity: the answer to dealing with stress and anxiety could just mean spending time exercising and chatting with friends. Next time your friends want to meet up, suggest going for a skate around a park or the rink!

The music is great: are you a music buff? You won’t find better music outside of a roller rink! Contact your local rink and find out their schedule. Most play a wide array of different music on different nights.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to use a rink to skate. If the pavement has a smooth and steady surface, you are good to go!
Have you ever seen a person roller skating and frowning at the same time? Didn’t think so.