These are best-selling models have top reviews from skaters who love to skate outside, on streets, or in parks and rinks.
In fitness and in fashion, everything old is new again at some point — and it seems that roller skates are no exception. You may remember gleefully pushing and plodding your way around the neighborhood in a pair of suped-up skates as a child, but roller skates are making a major comeback among adults; turns out, the sales of some skates are up more than 700% year over year. Skating freely down the street is a better alternative than heading to a gym (especially right now), but roller skates are becoming more popular also because skating is a great way to get your heart pumping.
Whether you live in an area where cool fall weather is fast approaching, or summer skies never fade, heading outside on a pair of skates can help keep yourself active during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' guidelines suggest that adults get in at least 150 minutes of moderately intense aerobic physical activity, if not more — and skating is a great way to get started, says Stefani Sassos, MS, RD, CDN, a registered dietitian in the Good Housekeeping Institute and NCCPT-certified personal trainer. "I always say there is no perfect form of exercise; in my opinion, the best exercise is the kind that you enjoy and will continue to do consistently," Sassos adds. "Skating is a great form of exercising and can be super enjoyable." Paired with other forms of fitness and a wholesome diet, it may even help you manage your weight (after all, some groups report that an hour of skating can burn upwards of 600 calories).
Sassos says skating — even simply pushing yourself gently around your neighborhood for a few miles — may improve your cardiovascular strength over time, which can help you build your endurance elsewhere. All in all, skating is just one way you can keep active this year; you should take every opportunity to try new (and fun!) ways to break a sweat as safely as possible. "We’re left with a very sedentary lifestyle during quarantine. Not only is breaking a sweat good for your overall health and longevity, but it also provides us with the opportunity to take a mental break and refresh the body, mind, and soul."
Below, we're sharing best-selling roller skates that have rave reviews from users who may be taking up a new hobby in 2020. Most are stylish enough to pair well with your cutest pair of jeans or even a retro-inspired athleisure look; others are built for speed, and test your stamina as you spend more time outside. Many are equipped with wheels suited for paved streets and even bumpy terrain, while others may be better suited for indoor rinks or ramps where you can do tricks (or dances!). We're also highlighting the best kids' roller skates so they can get in on the action, too.