It may come as a surprise but skateboarding is an activity you can start at any age and is lots of fun to learn as an adult.

The sport has surged in popularity over recent years and will make its first appearance in the 2020 Olympics.

It’s a fantastic all-body workout – as well as improving balance and building a strong core and legs, you’re using muscles all over your body from your head right down to your feet as you grip, push and flip the board.

A strong core and legs are crucial for so many activities in everyday life and helps to prevent back injury and stability issues.

Why is it good for me?

Balance, coordination, strength and persistence: some of the key skills you’ll gain from skateboarding – and don’t forget the fun!

It uses muscles all over the body simultaneously and teaches you precision as you learn new tricks and skills. It involves a lot of coordination between your eyes, legs, feet and arms – and the more you skate, the better (and stronger) you get.

Precision and coordination are skills that transfer well in everyday life – both in a physical and mental capacity.

It’s also a fantastic stress reliever and mindful exercise due to the concentration needed when practicing – there’s no room to think about anything else!

How much does it cost?

After the initial cost of the board and any protective clothing, it’s something you can do for free at your local skatepark whenever it suits you.

In addition, you could choose to pay for lessons at a local facility.

What equipment do i need?

  • Skateboard
  • Helmet
  • Knee and elbow pads (you’ll thank yourself!)

Getting started 

Many towns across Cumbria have a skate park inc Barrow, Penrith, Whitehaven, Workington and Carlisle. 

There are two indoor Skate Parks one in Barrow and one in Carlisle.