New Year, New Hobby: 7 Reasons to Pick Up Ice Skating

Written By: Riedell | January 10, 2022
Photo courtesy of Ville Levijäriv

Itching to pick up a new hobby as your 2022 New Year’s Resolution? Call us biased, but we’ve put together this post to highlight 7 reasons why we think you should give ice skating a try.

As an international ice skate manufacturer going strong for over 75 years, we’re proud to offer a wide selection of boots and blades for skaters on any level – beginner, intermediate, and expert. We even have a casual series with matching styles for kids and adults.

Stick around to read some perks about your new hobby!

#1 Stay Active (Especially During Winter Months)

Let’s face it, for those of us living in colder climates, it’s much easier to hunker down with a cup of cocoa and your softest blanket during the winter months. Ice skating provides a reason to stay active a few days a week (or more). That said, if you want to take it easy, it’s possible to skate without much strain. So, it’s a win-win!

Speaking of staying active, ice skating is a fun way for parents to promote exercise for children. Imagine you’re a kid for a moment. What sounds more exciting: Do you want to go exercise? or Do you want to go ice skating?

#2 A Hobby for the Whole Family

It’s never too late to learn how to skate. Ice skating is a great hobby whether you’re six years old or sixty years old. That means children, parents, and grandparents alike can go out and enjoy gliding through the elements with minimal physical strain. Meanwhile, you’re building memories that will last a lifetime.

#3 Training Resources Are Everywhere

From online groups to local education opportunities, you’re in no short supply of lessons and tips for learning how to skate. That goes for amateur skaters as well as professionals. So, once you’ve mastered the basics, you should find no trouble taking your skills to the next level.

#4 Skating Rink Accessibility

Depending on your climate, you don’t have to go far to find an ice-skating rink. You can also build your own without much trouble if you have the room on your land. And even in warmer cities, a quick Google search should lead you to an indoor facility without much trouble.

#5 It’s Relatively Inexpensive

Maintaining ice skating as a hobby is lower in cost when you compare it to other hobbies. Initially, you’ll spend a few bucks on skates and perhaps lessons. But in the long-term, as long as you take care of your boots and blades, you won’t have to spend much. Many local community ice skating rinks are free to use unless you want to reserve ice time. But odds are it won’t come to that.

#6 The Ice-Skating Community Is Vast & Supportive

This activity has been around for millennia. Online community groups on social apps like Facebook or Instagram are a great way to get connected with people on your level – and those who are willing to help out. New hobbies = new opportunities for making friends and connecting with people on another level.

#7 It’s Fun!

Finally, perhaps the most important reason to pick up ice skating as your new hobby: it’s a blast! Once you get your skating legs, it doesn’t require much effort on your part to hit the ice and feel the wind in your face. Some hobbies require a little work to get going and in some respects, that’s certainly true about ice skating, but it’s totally worth it!

You Work on Your Craft, We’ve Got Your Ice Skates Covered

At Riedell, our ice skate catalog is packed with quality boots and blades. Whether you’re looking for competitor ice skates or something casual for your first pair, our hand-crafted ice skates are expert-designed for comfort and functionality. Looking to stand out among the crowd? We also offer custom options so you can build the skates of your dreams.

Find your local dealer or contact us today to learn more.