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In-line skating can give you a great cardio workout. How long and how fast you skate affects the quality of the aerobic workout, but even moderate in-line workouts are good. Start out easy to warm up, and wear protective gear. There's a learning curve to skating, but if you practice and don't push yourself, you can master it. Consider a lesson if it doesn't come easy to you.
Definitely wear protective gear. I'm nursing a wrist injury for lack of it. A great cardio workout and fun too. Fun should be a required element of all workout. I find that it's also a great way to stay limber and strectching comes a little easier once warmed up with skating. enjoy.
This is true for sure. I'm awful at it, but I went with my boyfriend a few months ago and just TRYING to skate had me sweating!
I'm 58 and learned in-line just three years ago. It's great and much easier on my knees than jogging. I totally recommend it for people my age or older.