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Professional ice skaters make it look so easy. Whether it’s the figure skater gliding and dancing effortlessly around the ice, or a hockey player speeding around the rink, it’s inspiring to watch. The thought of giving it a go may intimidate you or fill you with dread. But the reality is that ice skating is a fun activity that you can take up at any age. With the right preparation and by learning a few basic steps, you’ll be gliding around the rink in no time at all.

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1. Wear the Right Gear

Skating on ice is a cold activity, but it’s also very physical so you’re likely to sweat. As a beginner, you’re also likely to spend a lot of time sitting and kneeling on the ice as falling over is, unfortunately, inevitable. Dressing appropriately is important. You don’t want to wear a big coat or jacket as they are too bulky. Lighter clothes will allow you to move around freely, and they won’t become heavy when wet. Wear layers so that you can remove them as you warm up.

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