Inline skating can be an excellent way to get (or stay) fit. To get the most from your workouts, it's important to develop a long stroke.

Here's how:

Skate with your knees bent as deeply as possible. The deeper the bend -- aim for 90 degrees -- the longer the stroke.

And here's why:

When you use a longer stroke, you are working more of the large muscles in your legs.

Additional benefits of the longer stride:

You'll build lower back strength and increase flexibility in your lower body.