Have you always wanted to slide gracefully over the ice without falling on your back? Do you find yourself doing a split every time you hit the ice? Every new ice skater is bound to fall quite a few times, but if you are committed to practicing, then you can learn to ice skate like a professional. All you’ll need is the proper equipment, a place to skate, and some intense willpower.
Wear appropriate clothes for movement (Native Babariga, Agbada, Buba and wrapper, Micro-mini, Micro-blouse… are not too comfortable, appropriate as it would encumber movement in a cold environment. When ice skating, wear clothes that are easy to move around in. Skating is exercise, so your body will get warmer once you move around. You want to be flexible and not too warm.
Jeans are mostly rigid and harder to move around in. When you fall they can get damp and will be harder to skate in; damp jeans can also ice up if you’re skating outdoors.
Find good skates. Skates should be fitted for comfort and are available in most shoe sizes. There are a number of good brands you can buy, but rentals are adequate for your first steps, until you’re sure this is what you want to continue doing.
When trying on skates, always measure the width of your foot while sitting down. This will ensure a good fit.
Try walking. Most skate rinks have rubber matting you can walk on. Walk around to help maintain your center of gravity but remember to keep your skate guards on. The trick here is to get comfortable on skates. The more you’re in your skates, the better your body adjusts to balancing itself. This is a learning process, so don’t expect to be an expert right away.