InterSkate Roller Skating Trivia

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The history of roller skating is full of fun facts, and here at InterSkate we’re no different! Take a look at some things you may not have known about roller skating or our north Texas skating rink.

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Switchboard supervisor on roller skates in Mad Men

Roller Skating Trivia

  • Roller skates have been used for recreation since the 1700’s, but they first appeared as part of a theatrical performance! According to The History of Roller Skating, the original inventor is unknown, but by 1819 M. Pettibled patented the first official pair in France.
  • For the most part, roller skates are recreational; however, they have made their mark on a number of industries. Roller skating waitresses and carhops were a particularly 1950’s phenomenon, but you can find roller skates being used in business even before that. According to AT&T, their switchboard supervisors used to wear roller skates in order to get around the huge rooms quickly and assist the operators.
  • A group of skating rink owners got together before World War II and formed an industry association to promote themselves. That association is still active today- The Roller Skating Rink Operators Association. It has been 50 years and much has changed, but roller skating is a classic activity that seems immune to time.
  • InterSkate attracts skaters from all over north Texas, including Carrollton, Flower Mound, Denton, Frisco, Farmers Branch, and Dallas.

Photo: Mad Men still via Old Hollywood

Skating and School: Exercise Helps Kids Excel Academically

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skating-for-exerciseWith kids all over north Texas heading back to school, many parents are wondering how they can help their kids succeed. Encouraging good study habits and teaching time management skills are both important to academic success, but you may be surprised at one of the other proven ways to help your kids excel academically- roller skating!

To be fair, it’s not just roller skating. Exercise in general seems to help kids do better in school.  According to the CDC,

“…physical activity can have an impact on cognitive skills and attitudes and academic behavior, all of which are important components of improved academic performance.”

When kids get enough exercise, they are more able to sit still and pay attention in class, leading to better grades.

How exercise improves cognition

Whether it’s roller skating, climbing the monkey bars, or playing dodge ball, exercise seems to have certain effects on brain function, including:

  • More oxygen reaching the brain
  • More neurotransmitters (the chemicals that transmit signals across synapses)
  • More neurotrophins (proteins that maintain the wellbeing of neurons, the cells that transmit information in your brain.)

How to make physical activity fun

Due to budget cuts, many schools have had to cut their physical education funding, resulting in less physical activity for the students. In the absence of adequate PE classes and recess time, parents are having to step up and ensure their children stay active . So how can you get your kids to put down the remote and get some exercise? Make it fun!

Roller skating at InterSkate roller rink in Lewisville is a great way to get the whole family active and having fun together. There are many health benefits to roller skating, but more importantly (from your kids’ perspective, at least), a trip to the skating rink is simply exciting. Circling a beautiful maple floor under colorful lights with great music? Workouts just don’t get any better than that!

To see what’s coming up at our north Texas skating rink, visit our schedule, take a look at our promotions, and follow us on Facebook.

 

 

End of Summer Fun in North Texas: Visit the Roller Rink!

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Lewisville TX family skating rinkStudents in Lewisville, Dallas, Carrollton, Flower Mound, and other North Texas communities will be heading back to school in the next couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean the summer fun is over! Make the most of the last days of summer freedom with an outing to InterSkate Roller Rink.

Our roller rink is the perfect place to escape from the heat and have fun with your kids before they head back to the daily grind of the school year.  We have an 80′ by 180′ maple rotunda skate floor that can accommodate over 1,000 skaters, so you’ll have plenty of room to work on your moves! With hundreds of colorful lights and DJs playing a fun selection of music, the ambiance can’t be beat.

Of course, by this point in the summer you’ve probably heard “We’re hungry!” enough to drive you crazy, but at InterSkate we’ve got you covered. Our extensive snack bar can provide a quick bite or a hot meal, with a variety of refreshments, candy, and more filling menu items.

We have some great deals going on this summer, so be sure to check out our skating coupons before you come.  You’ll find everything from discounted admission to a family package to a free ring pop. And don’t forget to celebrate the new school year here at InterSkate with our Back to School All Night Skate on September 14th. Admission is just $20 and includes 1 hot dog and regular drink, a scavenger hunt, games, prizes, and lots of fun! To get the latest announcements on our events and special offers, follow us on Facebook.

 

Roller Skating Workout: Tone Your Legs

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north Texas roller skatingWe’ve mentioned the many health benefits of roller skating before, but do you know how to get the most out of your roller skating? Here are some tips for a roller skating workout that will help you tone your legs, build muscle, and improve balance. Come on out to InterSkate Roller Rink in Lewisville for the most fun workout you’ve ever had!

Roller Skating Leg Workout

Do squats while you skate. From full speed, extend your hands in front of you, with feet shoulder-width apart. Bend at the knees to get into a squatting position, and repeat a few times before building up speed again. After a set of 15-20, take a 2-minute skate break before starting again. Three sets of squats makes for a great workout for your thighs, hips, quads, and glutes.

Using ankle weights is another way to combine skating for fun with skating for exercise. The extra weight on your ankles will force you to use more effort in your quadriceps to lift the skates. To get the hang of it, start with 2 pound weights, then work your way up to 5 pounds, but remember to limit your weight usage to 3 days a week to avoid overuse injuries.

Remember to watch out for other skaters, warm up before working out, and have fun! To see our regular skate sessions, special events, and classes check out our skate schedule. You can also follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on our events and deals!

Photo by Steve Hardy via Flickr CC 2.0