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Bless You, MostMom1

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

MostMom1 of hula hoop fame here in Sparkdom AND out in the real world is worried about me not being able to hula hoop. I'm mentioned several times how each practice session becomes an exercise in picking it up off the driveway.

She wanted to make sure I have an adult size hoop. Translated, that means "big enough to go around my middle and then some." and for some that might mean it should be as tall as your eyes. You know, 5 X 5??

Okay, my sister is a personal trainer and she gave me her adult hoop since the one I made (big enough) was too floppy. Neither one worked. But I'm not complaining. All of that bending down resulted in me being able to bendover and pick things up. I had resorted to one of those lever hands to pick dirty laundry off the floor.

But the best thing was going down 3 jean sizes.

Hey I haven't tried to hoop since then. I can put hula hooping back into my routine as a cross training activity. 5K training today. Picking up the hula hoop tomorrow. I wonder what used more calories, keeping the hoop up at waist level after you let go, or picking it up to go again . . . and again . . . and again. . .

I'm NOT one to give up.
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BRAVELUTE 12/5/2012 11:02PM

    I don't remember who told me right now, but I do know to push front to back. Seems counter intuitive to NOT roll your middle around to follow or catch up with the hoop.

But that added weight might be the answer to what to do with the new Zumba sticks.

Now, where did I put the hot pink duck tape?

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MOSTMOM1 12/5/2012 10:04PM

    Ha ha, NOT saying that you need a big hoop to go around you! It just has to be big enough and heavy enough to keep up. Could be yours is still a little light. Try both directions and put one foot in front of the other, while you push your hips front and back. Engage those abs and really push. I've probably already said all that, haven't I? No worries. I bet it just clicks one day (if you have the right hoop), and then--sha-BAM, you'll be hooping. In the meantime, at least you're outside playing. Losing THREE jean sizes is nothing to scoff at. You go, you wild SparkWarrior!!
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NASFKAB 12/5/2012 5:35PM

  bending over to pick it up is great for you

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ANGEL1066 12/5/2012 5:16PM

    I remember having that kind of relationship with hula hoops back when they first appeared - some of us just don't wiggle all that well, I guess. I admire your determination. God Bless!

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LESLIELENORE 12/5/2012 2:59PM

    I was fortunate enough to be able to try out several different sized hoops at the farmers market this summer. It really made a difference using the right size hoop!

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GBSLIM 12/5/2012 1:25PM

    emoticon for down 3 jean sizes. emoticon
Shelli is one Sparktastic person. I'd been on the fence about trying hooping again (was a great hooper in my MUCH younger days) but watching her Gangnam Hooping
vlog pushed me over to the other side. I ordered my first hoop since childhood last week and can hardly wait for it to arrive. I was a bit worried about not being able to keep it going but thanks to this blog I see there are great benefits to hooping no matter what. Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon emoticon
Jody

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BRAVELUTE 12/5/2012 11:36AM

    I was a wonder as a kid. Walked up and down the block hooping. So I guess I still think there's hope.

Just remember, you will see benefits from the bending over and picking it up. And be sure the hoop is the right size.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/5/2012 11:06AM

    I am trying hoola hooping but I can't get the thing to stay up for more than one round. It flips the one round and down it goes. Geez! Even as a child I couldn't get the hang of it, though then at least I could do several rounds.

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NANADERRICK 12/5/2012 9:12AM

    emoticon Good Job!! When I was a kid the hula hoop was so easy. Now, HaHaHa, just can't do it. I like your positive vibe in seeing that the bending over is exercise. Great Job!

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