Skogging has hit the NW Metro!
On bike paths and streets all over the area we’ve been spotting folks out pushing and pumping their longboards for fun and exercise. We’re seeing the telltale stance-switches and long strides of the distance riders, and the gliders on gentle slopes and flats. We’ve even spotted a few land-paddlers; looks like the paddleboard craze has left the lakes and hit the neighborhoods!
They’re all enjoying the pleasures of Skogging – the benefits of jogging for health and exercise, but by riding a longboard instead of pounding the pavement; and when combined with land paddling, a good upper-body toner as well.
The origin of the term is hazy, but the chief advocate of skogging is certainly Chris Yandall at www.skogging.com . His site defines skogging as “The art of long distance riding a skateboard on smooth surfaces using both legs to push while switching stance for pumping and carving to attain a full body workout”. We’d add ‘paddling’ to Yandall’s definition, because your arms don’t get too much of a workout without a paddle; and we’d strongly recommend a longboard over a park skateboard – the extra length and width make longboards way more stable, and the larger wheels will handle pavement cracks and debris that would stop skateboard wheels dead.
This is so much more fun than just jogging!
And the coolest thing we’re seeing is that a LOT of the skoggers out there are not just young skater dudes and dudessas – just as jogging is not limited to athletic young sprinters, we’ve seen folks of all ages stroking along. Grey hair is not a disqualifier!
Also, getting started is as easy as finding a flat path. You don’t have to dive in to stance switches and pumping – start off just pushing with your dominant foot and gliding. Once you’re comfortable with that, mix in some paddling, to get your arms involved. Then start working on smooth stance changes – don’t even bother pushing on your off side foot at first, just get the stance changes down, and then bring in some off-side pushing. Finally, start working on pumping as you slalom. When you’ve got it all down, refine you’re moves for smoothness, and start setting distance goals. And don’t forget to throw in some board-dancing moves, if the spirit moves you! It’s supposed to be fun, and there’s no way to do it wrong.
5th Block has all the longboards, paddles, helmets and other safety gear to get you started skogging – so stop in and check us out!