Holy hula hoops!

22 Jan

 

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Call me trendy, I don’t care. I took a hula hooping class last Saturday! Truthfully, I’ve always been interested in “circus” style tricks. Remember the movie Labyrinth? Jareth (David Bowie) appears to be juggling multiple glass spheres, when in reality, there’s a man crouched behind him, really doing those tricks, making the spheres look like they’re floating around his hands. I have one of those spheres, and I’ve learned a few tricks.

Anyway. This is a relatively new trend, so let me explain. Hula hooping for fitness is becoming a popular way to “play” (rather than exercise,) lose weight, and connect with your body in a low-impact way. Check out youtube for some really educational, and just downright fun to watch, videos of people practicing with their hoops. There are even LED hoops that light up the night – kids of the 90’s rejoice!

The Hoop Shack

The Hoop Shack

If your parents didn’t allow you to go to raves – smart move on their part – you can fulfill your neon colored fantasies by picking up a glowing hoop and learning some tricks.

You don’t necessarily need to go to a class to learn how to hoop, although I suggest going to one beginner’s class to learn how to hoop properly. I know that sounds weird, like when, in yoga, the instructor tells you how to breathe correctly, but it’s true. You can avoid bruises and hip problems if you learn how to hoop the right way. If you’re in the DFW area, I highly recommend The Hoop Shack. You can visit the website, http://aroundjoy.com/, to see some videos and find out why hooping is an effective tool in weight loss, muscle toning, endurance building, heart health, coordination and balance, etc. Mostly, I dare you to watch one video and NOT feel nostalgic.

FYI, don’t go to Walmart and pick up a plastic kid’s hoop. I mean, do that if you want to have fun, but it will likely be too small and too light to hoop with for long. The exercise hoops you’ll see in the videos are made of plastic or rubber tubing and wrapped in duct tape and athletic tape for grip and a little cushion. You can get people of all ages involved, though, so if you have kids (who are naturals at hooping, by the way,) this is something fun you can do together.

If you want to try making your own hoop and learning from all those youtube videos, here’s a great tutorial on how to do it. It’s inexpensive, but if you want to wrap your hoop in colorful tape, that may cost you a little more money and time.

Do you hoop? I would love to hear your story in the comments below!

Gentle hugs,
Chels

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