Here’s Why You Should Make Roller Skating Your New Favorite Hobby

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If you’ve seen your social media feeds featuring more and more people wearing roller skates, you’re not alone: The athletic gear has made a massive comeback during the global pandemic, and we’re here for it.

As exercises that can be done either inside or solo outside continue to grow in popularity because gyms are still closed, it’s no surprise that skating would see a renaissance. Roller skating isn’t just an excellent cardio workout, but it’s got a bit more whimsy than, say, running.

In April, a video featuring a young woman roller skating to a Jennifer Lopez song racked up millions of views on TikTok. Her videos, nearly all of which feature her on skates, have garnered a massive following and many of the tens of thousands of comments feature people remarking that they, too, wanted to buy skates of their own.

The resurgence of popularity in the activity is larger than just social media platforms like TikTok. A report in Mic, also in May, cited a surge of people on Instagram suddenly asking where they can buy roller skates and/or blades. And buy they did: Rollerblade, a brand of in-line skates, saw a 300% increase in demand in their products during the last few months, according to NPR.

“It’s a great activity for ’Rona [a.k.a. the coronavirus pandemic],” said Yonatan Medina, a programmer living in Brooklyn, in the Mic report. “No cars, no pedestrians. The road is yours — the world is yours.” Medina also waxed poetic about the activity having a nostalgia factor, saying: “I was reminded of how much I enjoyed it back in elementary school. But then everybody switched to skateboarding and roller skating became embarrassingly uncool.”

We haven’t put on roller skates in ages, but we’re starting to think we’ve been doing lockdown workouts all wrong. Excuse us, friends, we have some skates to go lace up.

Tags: Pop Culture, Navigating the Pandemic, Overcoming Adversity

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Rose Low

Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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