Roller and Inline Skating – Move It!

physical activity - inline skating iStock_000002117950MediumRoller skating and inline skating are wheeled forms of transportation and exercise! 26 million Americans skate on a regular basis.

Roller skating almost didn’t happen! John Merlin invented a roller skate in the 1760s in London, England. His skate design featured the wheels inline like today’s skates. Unfortunately, or so the story goes, he wore a pair of his new skates to a party at a fancy manor house. He was a good inventor but not a good skater. He crashed into a large mirror, severely injuring himself and setting back the sport of roller skating for years. He also established the first rule of skating – Don’t Skate in the House!

Why It’s Good for You

  • Burns Calories
  • Improves Balance and Coordination
  • Reduces Stress


Skating does involve balancing on wheels and moving fast. So falling is possible – especially when you are just learning to skate. Be sure to wear the proper safety gear to avoid getting hurt.

Although you can skate almost anywhere, when starting out you should skate in places free of traffic that have a smooth surface.

Other safety features to consider:

  • Inline skates with a heel brake on one of them
  • Knee pads
  • Wrist pads
  • Elbow pads
  • A skate or cycle helmet

For more information about roller and inline skating.