"Age is no barrier. It's a limitation you put on your mind." -Jackie Joyner-Kersee
If you ask certain people, they might tell you that there are fewer opportunities available past the age of 40 years old. Is that true? That entirely depends on how you ask and what you're doing, but generally, age doesn't matter.
While it is true that when you are in your twenties and thirties, you have more energy to do things and quickly absorb new information, some 40-year-olds are much more physically active and ready to experience exciting adventures than some in their youth. Therefore, we cannot be dogmatic and claim that just because a person turns a certain age, they can no longer live life to the full.
So, in line with today's topic, the question arises, is it possible to learn the fundamentals of rollerskating past the age of 40? Absolutely! Let's look at some encouraging information that highlights how those 40+ can become skilled at rollerskating.
Why Might Some Think That Learning to Rollerskate After 40 is Impossible?
Even before you hit your 40s, your body starts to develop aches and pains that were previously not felt; however, when you're 40 years old and more, you finally realise that you are no longer invincible. Therefore, it's tough to embark on new adventures and activities and learn new sports without experiencing discomfort.
So, when it comes down to taking part in the acquisition process of a new activity such as rollerskating that involves a lot of balance, the usage of the lower body muscles, and the possibility of falling and breaking something, some individuals might believe that rollerskating isn't for persons who are 40 years old and above.
The falls experienced during rollerblading in your 50s or 60s are a lot more intense than when you're a teenager. That is why some who fall under the category of 40+ are discouraged from learning a new activity such as rollerskating. Also, it's worth mentioning that, without sounding ageist in the slightest, if you had no previous knowledge of rollerskating techniques until you started learning as a 40+ adult, the likelihood of falling down and severely hurting yourself is heightened.
However, is it impossible and discouraged to start to learn rollerskating as an adult? Of course, not! No matter the age and the motivation, a person can develop new skills at any point in their life.
If you decide to start rollerblading in the middle ages of your life, it's worth mentioning that you should implement some safety tips to avoid any serious accidents that could set you back a few months. Such as? Read the following subheading to learn more!
How 40+ Adults Can Stay Safe While Learning to Rollerskate
Now that we've established that if you can walk without losing your balance, you can start the process of learning how to rollerskate, it's worth highlighting that adults in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and even 70s, should implement some safety precautions that will prevent them from injuring themselves too severely.
Also, even children, teens, and young adults should consider the safety tips to avoid spending unwanted hours at the hospital getting stitches, mending broken bones, or even worse.
So, what are some safety precautions that 40+ beginner rollerskaters should implement when hitting the pavement:
- Avoid Hills: as an inexperienced rollerskater, the worst thing that you can come across is hills. Even though all modern rollerskates are equipped with brakes, it isn't easy to maintain control when going down a steep hill. Also, it's worth mentioning that most accidents occur at the bottom of hills. So, to stay safe and avoid injuries, steer clear of the hills.
- Wear Your Safety Equipment: whether it's a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, or wrist guards, when you are first learning how to rollerskate, it is indispensable that you wear all of your safety equipment. A protector or guard can be the difference between continuing your day rollerskating or taking a visit to see the doctor. Don't be afraid if your safety equipment doesn't look hip and cool; it's much better to be protected from harm.
- Maintain Your Distance From Others: if you're skating down the pavement with other beginners, you must remember to keep a safe distance away from them because if you or they experience a mishap, you can swiftly avoid the issue and roll away unharmed. Therefore, we recommend that you maintain yourself at least two or three metres away from the nearest person you're rollerskating with.
While there are many more safety suggestions that could be addressed to 40+ rollerblading beginners, the previously mentioned tips are perfect for amateurs since they will be guided towards safety the entire time.
Adult Rollerskating Classes
Some adults are hesitant to start to learn new things since they believe that no one else in their age group might be interested in the same academic discipline or topic of interest; is that the case with rollerskating? Are middle-aged adults not curious about acquiring the fundamentals of rollerblading?
While it is more common for children, teens, or young adults to take up rollerskating, there are courses and classes available that might tailor to the needs of the 40+ demographic. The following are some of the pros of taking rollerskating classes as a middle-aged adult:
- Rollerskating classes are an excellent opportunity to exercise the mind and the body,
- By going to weekly classes, there is the possibility of getting to know people and creating friendships,
- Learning with a group is more entertaining and gives you something to look forward to doing.
We highly recommend searching for potential adult rollerskating classes in your local city or town. If there are none available, check out the virtual options available in other nearby towns, and that can be joined online via videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom or Skype.
The following are a few things that can be expected when participating in adult rollerskating classes:
- You might be in a class that has some beginner and intermediate skaters together; however, most of the time, classes are divided by level of expertise,
- There are some warmup exercises that may be expected at the beginning of course,
- Instructors show students by example how to brake, rollerskate up hills, and other valuable movements,
- During rollerskating classes, you are constantly moving, and a lot of physical exertion is expected.
If you prepare yourself by expecting all or most of the things mentioned above, you will have a more fulfilled experience learning how to rollerskate with others. Also, a friendly reminder, don't forget to stretch your muscles before and after class; you aren't 20 anymore!
What if you want to take private lessons with other rollerskaters watching you? Is that a possibility? Keep on reading to learn more about rollerblading classes with a personal instructor.
Learning to Rollerskate With a Private Tutor
Suppose if you feel that learning to rollerskate with others in a group setting is too intimidating for you and there aren't any courses offered nearby. In that case, we highly recommend that you seek the assistance of a private tutor. But where and how? First of all, finding a private tutor specialising in rollerskating has never been more accessible, thanks to the various online tutoring communities available to students of all ages.
Therefore, all you need to do is search for a tutor on a tutoring website. But, which one? When looking for a rollerskating tutor in the UK, only one online resource is worth your time: Superprof. By using Superprof, you can quickly search for online or in-person private rollerskating tutors that may be ready to hire in your local area.
After you've searched for rollerskating instructors, please look at their profiles to see whether or not they will be a good fit for you and then book a lesson with the instructor at a time and place most convenient for you. It's worth mentioning that if you are searching for a rollerblading instructor on Superprof, you will most likely not find ones available for face-to-face classes. However, there is no need to fret since they will most likely offer virtual classes via webcam.
But, what are the advantages of taking rollerskating courses virtually? While for a physically demanding activity such as rollerskating, it is highly recommended to take in-person lessons, that doesn't mean that virtual classes are any less educational. The following are a few benefits of virtual classes to learn rollerskating for those who are 40+:
- You can learn the fundamentals from home,
- You can enjoy the personalised approach of a tutor without the distraction of other classmates,
- You won't feel embarrassed if you make a mistake since there won't be an audience watching you,
- You can schedule a time to meet with a tutor that is more flexible than group learning.
Therefore, whether you're in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or 70s, and you want to learn more about rollerskating, we powerfully suggest hiring a personal tutor that is available for in-person and virtual training sessions.
In conclusion, after reading today's article, we are confident that you've concluded that people in their 40s and above CAN learn more about rollerskating without any issues!
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