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How To Prepare To Go Ice Skating

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Going ice skating for the first time can be a magical experience for many children. The first time they step out onto the ice can be a little scary, but once they get the hang of it, they'll be zipping around the rink in figure-eights and and spinning like a top. If you're teaching your young ones how to skate this season, here are few things to remember before heading out onto the ice.

Have the Proper Gear
The first thing you'll want to do is make sure you have all the necessary equipment. Obviously, you'll need a pair of skates for everyone. A good pair will fit its owner snuggly so there's no slipping. But it also shouldn't hurt to wear. A new pair might take a little while to break in, but after a few outings they should feel very natural. Next on the list is a good set of winter clothes. Not only will you need some thick socks, you'll want to wear a warm pair of trousers that are easy to move around in. Figure skaters wear tights, but you can get away with a comfortable pair of jeans. A light jacket, hat, gloves and perhaps a scarf will round out the necessary gear.

You should also consider bringing your nuyu™ Activity Tracker. It'll let you know how many calories you've burned throughout the day. When you're teaching your kids how to skate, you can also pass on the importance of staying active.

Ice skating is a fun way to stay active during the winter months.Ice skating is a fun way to stay active during the winter months.

Warm Up
Before strapping on the skates, take a few minutes to warm up. This is especially important in cold weather. If your muscles are cold, they could get pulled easily. Do a few light exercises to get warmed up and stretched out. You'll avoid feeling too sore the next day.

Start With the Basics
After you've mastered standing up on the skates, the next thing is to practice stopping. By pushing your heels outward to form a "snowplow" with your toes, you'll be able to slow down easily. This is a very important skill and it'll help you avoid crashes.

Once you can start and stop at will, practice speeding up around the rink by taking some laps. On your kids' first outing, this might be all they accomplish, but it's a good start! The next time you all go out, you can practice some more advanced moves. The most important thing to remember is to have fun!