When you’re rollerblading, there are all sorts of health issues that you need to be aware of. While rollerblading does bring a lot of benefits to the table like weight loss, higher calorie burn, and also a great waking meditation experiences, it’s not without its drawbacks as far as physical effects go.
For example, if you’re just new to rollerblading, chances are it’s going to impact and put pressure in certain parts of your physiology that normally don’t get worked out. I am of course talking about your hips, your glutes, your thighs, and your quads. Your feet also get a workout and as such, if you engage in heavy activity in the beginning, you can really feel the muscles ache.
The good news is that you only need to work out consistently throughout this phase and the muscles pretty much takes care of themselves. Whatever pain or discomfort you feel will eventually go away. You just need to work out through the soreness. This takes quite a bit of getting used to.
People are creatures of comfort. We tend to run towards pleasure and we tend to try to avoid pain. In this particular situation, you’re actually reversing that normal instinct when you’re actually trying to work through the pain. As counter intuitive as it may be, this actually leads to the pain dissipating. Keep this in mind because back pain does sometimes go with rollerblading.
If you’re on inline skates and you’re crouching a lot and you’re putting a lot of pressure on your back, you would quickly realize that the muscles being impacted by your activity don’t just make your lower body muscles sore but it can also have an impact on your back. If you don’t know what you’re doing or if you are very casual skater, you might think that this is too much pain for not enough game.
Well, you can think along those lines because rollerblading back pain as pronounced as it can sometimes be, is actually temporary so just keep things in perspective. Focus more on what you can gain and focus less on the temporary discomfort. Still, if you want to effectively deal with rollerblading back pain, keep the following tips in mind.
To minimize any sort of muscle strain, the first thing you should do is to really invest some time in proper stretching. Now, this seems like it’s pretty straightforward. In fact, this might seem like it’s common sense.
Well, the problem is as easy as this is to understand, a lot of Americans simply feel that they don’t have enough time. They’d rather be somewhere else. They’d rather be doing so many things that’s why they are always in a hurry. I completely get that and that’s why it’s really important for you to focus on what you gain by stretching.
Usually, when people look at stretching they think it’s some sort of superfluous or excessive or really unnecessary physical ritual. I mean, after all, if you’ve been rollerblading for quite some time, you already know how to assume the position. You already know how to skate and you can’t help but get into action as quickly as possible and forget about stretching because it’s a wasted few minutes.
Well, it’s easy to think along these lines. Unfortunately, when you start feeling cramps or you start feeling rollerblading back pain, you quickly realize the benefits of doing a little bit stretching before you start skating. Make no mistake about it, every minute you invest in stretching can go a long way in helping you deal with rollerblading back pain, seriously.
Stretching can be very beneficial because it relaxes your back muscles and it also strengthens the muscles involved by stretching properly the chemical signals of your muscles are prepared for the strain that you’re going to up on them. This reduces the overall risk that you would develop pain on your lower back. It doesn’t necessarily make it all go away but by investing some time in as little as 10 repetitions, you can make serious progress on avoiding back pain.
What kind of stretches can you perform that would enable you to be more limber when it comes to your actual skating activities? Well, you can try lying flat on the floor and then pulling your knees forward. When you do this, your knees are lined up with your chest. Try to test your chest. Next you then roll both knees from side to side. This produces the effect of stretching your back muscles. These are exactly the kinds of muscles that would be feeling a lot of stress when you’re doing rollerblading.
You might also want to work on your lower back. To do this, you need to get down on all fours and simply copy a cat. You’ve seen a cat arched its back. Follow the same moves. It’s pretty straightforward. Keep stretching and then releasing, stretching and then releasing. Keep repeating this for about 10 times and you’re good to go.
The good news about stretching is that it doesn’t really take much time but the benefits you get in the form of avoiding pain are tremendous. Avoid the necessary hesitation of stretching and just go through it. Eventually, you could actually turn it into some sort of pre skating habit. You feel that you’re not really doing things right or things aren’t complete unless you stretch first.
Just Skate Away
The second advice I could give you is just to skate away. What I mean by that is put as much pressure as you normally would on the lower back and your muscles. Now, if you stretch properly, you can go a long way in avoiding a lot of pain on this part of your body. But by simply resolving to skate away, you are actually strengthening these muscle groups. They can reach such a point of strength that you are able to achieve a greater range of motion without suffering a loss in stability as well as flexibility.
This is the way to really work on the core of your muscles and train them in such a way to help you avoid unnecessary strain and pain. You’re basically training your muscles to take a shape and form that make it less likely for them to be strained to the point that you become uncomfortable. This also decreases the likelihood of pain.
A little bit of strengthening inside and outside the gym can go a long way. The best part to all to this is that you’re strengthening while you’re actually skating. It’s not like you’re doing anything extra special and you’re also not going out of your way. This saves a lot of time, effort and energy. This enables you to just focus on what you’re doing which is having a good time.