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My answer to Heart’s ‘Feel Good Challenge’? Inline skating.

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Hanging from the ceiling of our garage was a bag. Every time I passed this bag, I felt a pang of guilt because inside it were some very expensive sports items that I used to regularly use. Thanks to the radio station Heart, I’ve bought that bag and its contents out of retirement and it feels great.

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Helen and I were inspired to take part in Heart’s feel Good Challenge.

I’ll keep you in suspense no longer. In that bag were my beloved inline skates plus knee, elbow and wrist pads.

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What better than to mix good music and a fun activity like inline skating?

Recognising that January can be a tough month to get through, the guys at Heart have launched the #HeartFeelGoodChallenge.  The idea is to take part in a mood-boosting activity while listening to music that you might hear on Heart, whether listening online or at 106.2FM.

This is where I hauled in Helen, my eldest daughter, to help me. We went to a nearby park: Helen on her bicycle while I was wearing my inline skates. Together we spent quite some time getting exercise while listening to songs including Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off, New Rules by Dua Lipa and Rita Ora’s Anywhere.

There was logic to these song choices. Shake it Off is an old favourite of Helen’s and represents the shaking off of bad habits. New Rules conveys the message I’ll be abiding to new rules and spending more time on my skates keeping fit. Anywhere, meanwhile, is relevant because you can be active anywhere.

To give you the background, I fell in love with inline skating about 10 years ago. For a while I took it seriously enough to have weekly lessons in Central London.

It was great fun and I look back on that time with great fondness. We’d gather for a midweek lesson then go to the pub afterwards so it was very sociable. Sometimes on Sundays I’d return to a track on the southern edge of Hyde Park where skaters of all varieties gather and show off their skills.

Those days are long gone. It’s a familiar story. I got married and had children and no longer had time to while away hours in Hyde Park.

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Not that I gave up altogether. From time to time I’ve hauled out my inline skates, especially when Helen has wanted to use her roller skates. It hasn’t, however, happened enough. I think I have to thank the crew at Heart for inspiring me to use my inline skates again.

This leaves one important question. What mood-boosting activity do you recommend? Also, what music do you listen to improve your mood? January’s always a tough month and we could all do with ideas for making it go a bit more smoothly so please don’t be shy of leaving your suggestions in the comments below.

 

Disclosure: This commissioned post was produced in association with Heart.

 

10 thoughts on “My answer to Heart’s ‘Feel Good Challenge’? Inline skating.”

  1. A brilliant challenge one I should take up I think but not on inline skates more of a skateboard for me, yes that picture is something mate Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  2. I used to love skating when I was a kid, not sure I’d be any good at it nowadays though. I’d probably fall over a lot! I’ll stick to running! I find running helps boost my mood, plus I listen to music when I run which helps! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

  3. The thing is skating as long as other hobbies es should be taken as a activity because is fun , keeps you motivated and if you pare it with. a good lifestyle,overall can be a cardio routine which is enetertaining . At lest my view. Check myinlineskates.com as they explain it better

    1. I LOVE your response Bryan! I always feel like I’ve had a good work out when I’ve been out on my blades. It is good cardio / aerobic exercise and it is fun and entertaining. It’s a great way to make exercise enjoyable.

  4. Inline skates is the best option to create Fun and its also good exercise for health benefits. I love to go outdoor skates with my friends. But Yes I am not good in balance when I stop my skates in speed.

    Trying to improve myself and also looking for techniques to improve my balance on skates. Hope I will soon good in myinlineskates.

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