5 Ways to Get Your Body Adjusted for Skateboarding After 30.
I hate to harp on the fact that I'm 30 now, because it's not the end of the world. Unless something major happens, I plan on skating well into my 50's and 60's. It's becoming increasingly obvious though that unless I start doing certain things differently, I'll never make it that long skateboarding. For anyone else out there that wants to skate as long as physically possible, check out these top 5 things I've been trying to change to achieve this.
This should seem obvious, but I've never put this into practice as much as I should. My water intake has always been on the low side before and after skating. There's a reason water is said to be the source of all life.
As you can see, water intake is extremely important and if you're mixing it with a ton of salty foods and sugary drinks, you're screwed. You'll become dehydrated a lot faster. As I found pretty quickly, you can condition your body to drink tons of water just during skating. You have to learn to drink water all day long. I'm still working on this, but it's certainly gotten better.
2. Warm Up Exercises
Since skateboarding is an exercise, it stands to reason that our bodies will respond better if we warm up first. I used to believe that stretching before was the answer, but if you haven't warmed your muscles up yet, you're going to have issues. This seems to work a lot better before you ever step on your board.
According to the Greatest, you should loosen up, get your heart pumping, do some dynamic stretches, and practice these things every time you go out to skate. This should do it:
3. Stretch After Skating
Okay, so now you've warmed up, skated, and now it's time to go home and rest, right? Well, damn it, I usually do, but I shouldn't and neither should you. After skating, take a moment to sit on the ground (or stand) and stretch those muscle boiz you just worked out so hard. Check out the link below for 16 post-workout static stretches and a bonus stretch from the 80's below that.
4. Eating Better
As a disclaimer, I definitely don't follow this one. I know I should, but...I love Hot Cheetos and 3-day old slices of cake in the fridge. However, if you really want to make a significant impact on your body's overall feel, you'll eat better.
Here's an easy guide to cheap, healthy eating from Nerd Fitness. Maybe one day I'll take my own advice. Until then, VIVA LA HOT CHEETOS.
5. Keep Skateboarding
This is the most important things on this list (err...well, at least my favorite.) If you only skate once or twice a month it's going to be a lot harder on your body to take those falls. Additionally, THE FEAR that I wrote about awhile ago comes back and that's never good.
I've found that skating at least twice a week keeps my body, and fear of drops, at near skater-homeostasis. The fact is, it's never going to be as easy as when you were in your teens and early 20's. It's one of the hardest lessons we learn as we get older.
I see a lot of people jump back into skateboarding, take a hard slam and think, "yep, I'm too old for this." It's not that you're too old, it's that you've let your body waste away to a point that it hurts a lot more to take those slams. You need to get back into it and make exercise a regular thing. DO IT.
Like I said though, I'm still working on these things at a very early stage of being exactly 30 years old. This list will be my life-long experiment to see if I can keep going until I can't physically walk on my own. Of course by around 60, I hope to be an android with emerging technology and skate until I'm 600 or so.