Outdoor activities are life enhancing and rejuvenating. They allow us to recharge our batteries, keep fit, meet people, develop life skills, take in fresh air, get a vitamin D top-up, acquire a glowing complexion and optimise our moods.
When we were asked how we utilise our outdoor spaces in order to improve our lives, we could not think of a more apt way than to host an inline skating demonstration. It was not about us showing the community our skating skills, it was about us demonstrating how our lives benefit from using our beautiful outdoor spaces. We are most fortunate here in Limassol, Cyprus. We have access to beautiful Molos with it's stunning promenade. We literally skate right next to the sea, under palm trees, blue skies and the beautiful sun. There is nothing quite like feeling the warm sun against your skin for lifting your mood and energising you. Couple this with fresh air and hearing the waves lapping at the rocks and you would be forgiven for thinking that you were in paradise.
Molos has recently had some developmental work. The promenade has been extended and the Limassol Marina has been built. The area attracts walkers, cyclists, skaters, runners and people relaxing in the promenade cafeterias. This hive of activity is energising in itself.
So, how does skating in Limassol enhance our lives? Firstly, it keeps us fit and allows us to exercise in a safe environment away from excessive car fumes and traffic. It is such a nice enticing place that we do not need much encouragement to commit to our three times a week practice. We get to meet other super like minded people. Only just last week, we met a man who shared a little snippet about his life with us and left our hearts glowing. Our skate surface is safe and optimal for skating - we do not have to worry about tar snakes, stones and debris that could cause a tumble. There is greenery around us, which is soothing to the senses and relaxing. When the going gets tough, we can sit down and take in the view. Sometimes, we need to pinch ourselves, as we just can not believe that we have the sparkling sea ahead of us and the mountains adorning the horizon in land. We often get to see amphibious-planes, submarines and other intriguing vessels too.
What really excites us most is that awesome feeling when people stop to watch us with smiles on their faces. It is obvious that our joy has momentarily spread and enhanced other's lives too.
By Eva Evangelou, featured blogger for I Love Limassol.
AKA - The Sunshine Skater and Limassol Sports Massage Therapist.