Roller skates for ages
Health experts say the best exercise is the one you actually do.
For some people who walk their dog every day, for others it is about running a half marathon. But for a growing group of Noosa residents, it’s roller skating. They get their dose of endorphin and burn calories while roller skating at the Noosa Recreation Center.
Noosa’s hairstylist Tanya was looking for a way to keep fit and have fun when she decided to resume roller skating, a hobby she enjoyed as a teenager. But the kids, work, and the general hustle and bustle of life meant she hadn’t skated in years.
In 2015, she asked her family to buy her a pair of roller skates for Christmas. She found it to be like riding a bike and in no time at all she was skating around her neighborhood a few days a week. But she soon discovered that skating on uneven sidewalks was risky, and even empty parking lots on the Sundays of her youth were no longer an option as they are full of cars seven days a week these days. After hitting a piece of gum and hurting herself, she knew she had to find a safer option.
Enter Cathy and her team at Noosa Leisure Center which features an indoor stadium with huge, smooth floors. Tanya and Cathy came together and created a fortnightly roller skating group where the people of Noosa could skate in a safe indoor space, have fun and get fit all at the same time.
âWe found that roller skating was becoming very popular again and that the idea of ââskating indoors where it was warm in the winter and cool in the summer was really appealing to people. We have men and women and a range of ages, âTanya said.
âI think the oldest skater was 84, which is amazing!
The group meets every other Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and pays $ 12 each for two hours of skating. You can even rent roller skates if you don’t have your own pair.
âPeople are surprised to learn how great a core and cardio workout this is,â said Cathy, coordinator of the Noosa Recreation Center.
âThey come for fun, but they find it great for their overall fitness and mental health. With so many new residents on the coast, it’s also a fun way to meet new people and make friends, âshe said.
Want to try rollerblading? Contact the NLC at 5329 6550 or visit their website at noosaleisurecentre.com.au/whats-on-at-the-noosa-leisure-centre