Stand-up scooters aren’t just for kids. Riding a stand-up scooter is a fun way to get your daily exercise and spend time outdoors. There are two basic categories of stand-up scooters—kick scooters and motorized scooters. Although, motorized scooters provide an enjoyable way to get around, they don’t provide much exercise since they are propelled by a motor. Kick scooters require you to use your feet to push off from the ground to move forward. You get plenty of leg exercise with a kick scooter, especially if you switch legs for push-offs from time to time. You can also exercise your arms, shoulders and the rest of your upper body with other stand-up kick scooter movements, such as the alternating side-to-side stand-up scooter exercise.
Preparation and Safety
Before performing any type of stand-up scooter exercise, make sure you’re wearing a helmet, safe shoes and other protective gear. Although, riding a stand-up kick scooter is generally safer than riding a bicycle, you can still be involved in an accident. Most people ride on pavement, which makes falling that much more dangerous also. You’ll enjoy trying new exercises, such as the alternating side-to-side stand-up scooter exercise if you know you’ve taken proper safety precautions.
As it is with any new sport or exercise, start out slow and learn proper technique before trying more advanced or faster movements. Learn how the alternating side-to-side stand-up scooter exercise feels in slow motion before increasing your speed. The idea is to move your body back and forth to gain momentum as your glide along on your kick scooter. Get used to the arm and upper body movement first by straddling your scooter and holding on to the handle bars. Simulate moving from side-to-side with your upper body and imagine you’re gliding along.
Slowly take off on your kick scooter and begin moving side-to-side to get a better idea of how the real exercise will feel. Next, see if you can continue moving your scooter forward a bit with your side-to-side movements after you gently kick off. You won’t gain real momentum until you kick off harder and roll faster on your scooter.
Once you feel you’ve successfully learned the proper technique for the alternating side-to-side stand-up scooter exercise, add some speed to the action. Make sure you’re in a safe location and away from cars, motorcycles and other stand-up scooters first. Then kick-off to propel forward faster on your scooter. Remember how the side-to-side movements felt during practice and begin moving back-and-forth in rhythm. Try and move forward with the energy from your upper body only. This also requires gently turning your front wheel from side-to-side as you move forward. It might take a while, but you’ll eventually start to feel the full rhythm of the exercise, as well as the momentum. You might have trouble moving forward at first, but after repeatedly practicing the alternating side-to-side stand-up scooter exercise at full speed, you’ll gradually master it.