I have a vivid childhood memory of lacing up some roller skates, joining family and friends at the local skate rink to dance and play. It was always a blast to hear the music, old and new, and to have fun with family that I couldn’t have anywhere else. Of course, a lot of that fun was my family laughing at me because I could never skate. That’s right, no matter how many techniques I tried I never got the hang of it. Even my “cool cat” of an uncle who grew up through the disco era, could not teach me to skate. By no means is this an affront at his teaching abilities, I was simply more attracted to hitting the floor as opposed to gliding on it.
Nonetheless, my failures in roller skating should not discourage you from it. In fact, the Roller Skating International Association states that roller skating increases muscular tone, improves stamina, and is less injury prone than other sports such as basketball or soccer.
There are numerous other benefits to roller skating and one of them is getting a workout that if done, especially with friends, doesn’t even feel like a workout at times. You don’t have to go too far from the local community to do it. The CoRec is having a set of programs called Purdue After Dark. These are free programs held once a month at the CoRec.
The upcoming program is a Roller Disco Night. This is a chance to get out those skates and strut your stuff. Or, if you’re like me strut how well you can fall and get back up. Either way with a few friends, this is sure to be a night of fun. Check it out February 10th from 8pm-midnight @ The CoRec. The MAC gym is located on the third floor, If you have trouble locating it, just ask the front desk and they will point you in the right direction. Don’t forget your Purdue ID.