Mooted to be one of the biggest wellness trends of the summer, roller skating has lots of mental and physical health benefits
At it’s most basic, getting outside can:
– Boost vitamin D levels – a small amount of time spent in the sun close to midday in particular will boost levels of this hard to get vitamin
– Lower blood pressure – nitric oxide present in the skin responds to the sun’s rays by widening blood vessels, resulting in lower blood pressure
– Improve sleep – sunlight and fresh air help regulate the body’s temperature and circadian rhythm, leading to deeper and more restful sleep.
Add to that learning a new skill, which can:
– Help protect against mental ageing – learning a new skill forces the brain to create new neural pathways, encouraging “neuroplasticity” and combating dementia
– Increase energy levels – the “feel-good” chemical dopamine is released as you learn, which in turn increases the body’s energy levels, as well as feelings of self-confidence
– Foster connection with others – new skills make you a more interesting person, and you may even find people to learn alongside
Skating has also never been so colourful (another mood-booster). Just take a look at some of the latest 70s-inspired roller skate releases from Impala.