As Willy Wonka famously stated, “If the good Lord intended us to walk, he never would’ve invented roller skates.” If you’re looking for affordable, family-friendly ways to get active and have fun, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the skating rink. In fact, roller skating can even benefit child development! Learn why roller skating is good for kids, and consider signing your child up for our beginner skating lessons in Deer Park.
How Roller Skating Benefits Child Development
Roller skating strengthens important muscle groups.
Let’s say you haven’t roller skated in a while, but you spend a few hours at the skating rink. You have a blast, and skating comes back to you just like riding a bike. But the next day, you’ll probably notice that you’re a little sore in your legs and maybe even your abs. Why is that? Well, roller skating actually does a great job of strengthening leg muscles (calves, quads, glutes, hamstrings) and your core (abdominal and back muscles that are integral to balance).
In kids, roller skating can help them build those important muscle groups, but they won’t even notice they’re getting exercise because they’ll be having so much fun. In addition to toning and strengthening muscles, skating also happens to be a fantastic aerobic activity. It gets the heart rate up and the blood pumping, which is good for heart health.
Roller skating develops balance and coordination.
The reason that skating can make your abs sore is that you’re constantly using your core to adjust your balance while on skates. You might not realize it at the time, but all of those minute movements you’re making to stay balanced and upright are engaging your core muscles.
Learning to stand and roll on 4 wheels is tricky, but once your kids get the hang of it, they’ll be zooming around the rink in no time. Learning to do moves like a crossover, skating backwards, or the moonwalk will challenge them even more and help them develop balance, agility, and coordination skills.
Roller skating provides socialization.
Of course, the benefits of roller skating for kids are not all physical. Skating is also a great way to socialize, and by teaching your child to skate, you’re giving them the gift of a lifelong hobby. Skating is low-impact and allows you to go at your own pace, which is why some skaters continue to skate into their 80s!
Whether you want to share the fun of roller skating with your kids, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, or anyone else, Skate World Deer Park is the place to be. Save on your next visit with our Family Four Pack. We hope to see your whole crew cutting loose on the skating rink in 2020!