Hi All! I've gone on a fitness kick in the past few months, and really want to use skating as exercise. I'm not very proficient on skates, as one might expect, but that really isn't my biggest problem. Within 10 minutes of stepping on the ice, the arches of my feet hurt so bad that I really can't continue. I have to "pull over" into the penalty box, or step off of the ice altogether. I'm sure this is just an issue of me formerly living my life like veal: aka, not ever really moving. Is there any exercises or anything i can do to strengthen those muscles so that I can actually take a class or lessons to where I'm not basically crippled? If I could get past this, I think it would be the perfect way to exercise! Any advice is VERY much appreciated! I work less than half a mile from the World Ice Arena in Flushing, NY, and it just seems like a no-brainer to go there after work for my workout, but this problem is so intimidating!!