How to Roller Skate

How to Roller Skate. Step into your roller skates and learn to
get your glide on! You will need Helmet, wrist guards, and pads
Smooth surface Roller skates and patience. Always wear protective clothing, including
a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, and kneepads when you roller-skate. Children under the age of 10 should only roller-skate
with adult supervision. Step 1. Find an open area with a smooth surface, like
a roller rink or a smoothly paved parking lot. Make sure there are few obstacles to get in
your way. Step 2. Put on your roller skates — often referred
to as quad skates — and stand with your knees bent slightly, your shoulders directly over
your ankles, and your back straight. Step 3. Practice finding your balance by taking small
steps forward on your skates, keeping your chin up and looking straight ahead. Try to stay relaxed, and don’t get discouraged
if you fall. Step 4. Start going faster by developing your scissor
kick. Keeping the wheels of both skates on the ground,
bend your knees and push your feet apart and back together in a fluid motion, leading with
your toes. Step 5. To glide, shift your body weight from leg
to leg, pushing one leg out while straightening the other one and letting the skate come off
the ground. Alternate your feet to continue moving. Step 6. To turn, point your head and shoulders in
the direction you want to go. Lead with your shoulders into the turn while
leaning your hips in the opposite direction. Feel the lean in your ankles, which actually
turn the roller skates. If you feel wobbly or are unable to adjust
on turns, you may need to adjust your skates’ axles. Step 7. To stop, drag one toe behind your other foot. If you’re moving fast, drag one foot behind
the other at a 90-degree angle to form a T, and shift your weight to the back skate. Once you’ve mastered the basics, start learning
some tricks! Did you know The first recorded use of roller
skates took place in 18th century London.

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