Looking for a fun and exciting way to get fit in the new year? If so, roller derby could be right up your street! It’s gained popularity over the past few years, and more and more women are turning to the sport to burn off steam, connect with new people, and ensure that they stay active.
Getting involved in something new can be a little overwhelming sometimes though, so if you’re feeling apprehensive, that’s totally normal.
Here’s my best practical advice for getting started with roller derby…
Get in touch with your local team
Your first port of call should be getting in touch with your local team. You’ll be able to find the details via a quick Google search, and many teams will have their own Facebook page, where you can find more details about the group. Drop the organiser a message, and ask for more information about how you can get involved. They’ll be friendly and welcoming, and will let you know when they meet. Don’t be scared to ask any questions that you might have.
Make sure that you have the right basic equipment
One of the beauties of roller derby is that you don’t need a lot of fancy or expensive equipment to get started. Still though, investing in a few things will make sure that you’re well prepared. Skates.co.uk have a fabulous selection of skates to choose from, as well as protection pads and helmets. Don’t be scared to go for a colourful option that showcases your personality!
Ask a friend to go along with you
If you’re feeling a little nervous about your first session, why not ask a friend to go with you? This could alleviate your nerves a little, and could provide a great way to catch up with your nearest and dearest. If your friends aren’t interested though or they aren’t available, don’t be scared to go along on your own. You’ll probably find that most other people are alone, and eager to make new friends.
Don’t take yourself too seriously!
Worried that you won’t be very good at skating? Don’t be! At the end of the day, roller derby should be fun, and it’s open to all abilities. You’ll only get better by practicing, and you shouldn’t expect to be amazing when it’s literally your first time. Let your hair down, and don’t be afraid to get things wrong. You’ll pick up lots of helpful tips and advice from your fellow skaters.
If you’re thinking that roller derby might be the perfect way for you to get fit in 2020, then bite the bullet and make it your resolution to get involved. You definitely won’t regret it!