Even as a little kid, I was never good at hula hooping. For some reason, I could move my hips like my life depended on it, but that damn hoop would still hit the ground like a sack of concrete.
Needless to say, I was maaad skeptical when I heard about “fitness hooping” at the gym. Basically you use weighted hula hoops to help tone your midsection. First I couldn’t wrap my mind around a weighted hula hoop — I pictured something crazy like a dumbell taped to a hula hoop. I’m no physicist, but I don’t think Mother Nature would be cool with that. But I did a little digging and found that the hoops come in different weights (usually 3-5 lbs.) and different diameters. The differing diameters/weights make the excercise easier or harder.
I found a whole bunch of websites that sell hooping programs, but even though I was a hooping virgin I figured I’d give it a try myself. I found that using a 3 lb hoop provided a good amount of resistance. I used a larger diameter at first because it moves slower and was easier to control. Like I said earlier, hula hooping didn’t come easy to me as a kid, so this was good for me. I finally got the hoop thing down, so now it won’t fall to my ankles.
It was really really fun, and was a great alternative to yoga and pilates. I did overdo it on my first try though and heard from a few other people that it’s easy to do since the movement is so much fun, so if you’re going to try it be careful not to over do it.
I found my hoops online, but I’ve seen them in the sporting goods stores too. I can see myself doing this rather than crunches and other ab work. It’s fun to throw on some music and keep it movin.