Ice skating is a fun and challenging physical activity. Simply staying on your feet while moving around the rink requires practice, focus, balance, and steady nerves. It also requires the right wardrobe. If you’re getting ready for your first ice skating lesson, or if you are just going out skating with some friends, here’s what to wear ice skating!
Start by focusing on what you’ll wear from the waist down. It’s best to keep two words in mind here: comfort and flexibility. Ice skating requires athletic movement, and flexibility is important so you don’t feel restricted as you move around the rink. Then, by wearing something comfortable, you should be able to focus on your skating without being distracted by your attire.
It’s also important to keep in mind that you may fall once or twice (or a whole bunch of times, but who’s counting?). With that in mind, wear pants that you don’t mind damaging if they come out a little worse for the wear when you’re done skating. And, since falling on ice can mean getting wet, pick something that won’t hold onto water. Athletic pants made from synthetic materials are a good pick, and leggings can be a great choice too—as they’ll keep you warm and are very stretchy. Long underwear made from synthetics can also help to keep your legs warm under another pair of pants.
While you might be able to get away with a single garment on your legs, layering is the best option for your upper body. Wearing just a single shirt would likely leave you too cold, but wearing a big winter coat will make it hard to move around freely. By layering, you maintain mobility and comfort while staying warm at the same time. Plus, the biggest advantage of wearing layers is that they allow you to adjust as needed. If you have a knack for skating and start to work up a sweat, you can simply take off layers to cool down.
As an example, you might choose a plain T-shirt as your base layer. From there, you can add a long-sleeved shirt for a second layer, before finishing it off with a fleece jacket. This combination should be comfortable as you skate, and the jacket can easily come off if necessary.
When layering, try to avoid cotton, especially for your base layer. This is the layer that will be in contact with your body, so it needs to be able to deal with your sweat. A cotton shirt will soak up moisture and leave you feeling wet and chilly. A moisture-wicking shirt made from synthetic materials, however, will help to keep you dry and comfortable even as you sweat under your layers.
Beyond deciding what bottoms and tops to wear, you’ll want a few key accessories on hand to protect your extremities and make your ice-skating experience as enjoyable as possible:
You may be getting ready for your first ice skating trip, but it probably won’t be your last. Ice skating is too much fun to give up after just one try! This means that you’re going to want to wear your skating outfit again—and it probably needs to be washed.
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