Thursday, June 27, 2013
Last month at my daughter's dance recital, one of the tap classes performed a dance in which they used hula hoops. Not just plain old hula hoops- this was hooping in the dark with black lights, so their hula hoops, tights, face paint, accessories, etc. glowed. It was pretty cool, and all I could think was how to turn this into a fun class at our homeschool co-op. That would be one fun fitness class!
The only problem is that I don't know how to hula hoop. I don't think I ever have, even as a kid. I remembered seeing hooping workout dvd's in the past, so I got onto Netflix and got the first Hoopnotica dvd sent to my house. From that dvd and from what I've read online, I learned that an adult can't pick up a child's hula hoop and expect to be able to keep it going. They aren't large enough or heavy enough. But since that was all I had, and I wasn't about to drop $20 (or more) on an adult hoop just to try it out, I decided to give it a whirl and see what happened. They were right. I could get it around 4-6 times before it would fall, every time. The size wasn't that much of a problem. An adult hoop is supposed to reach somewhere between your naval and your ribcage. The one I have reaches about to the top of my hip. A little small, but not too bad. The problem was more the fact that it was too light. I decided to add some rice to it and seal it back up with my wonderful hubby's help. It worked like a charm! I was able to spin it somewhere in the teens the next day. I took a few days off to heal from the bruising (apparently this happens to every beginner, no matter what size or weight your hoop is), and the next time I tried I was spinning it in the 20s and 30s before it fell. Yesterday I got up into the 60s if I remember correctly, and today's highest number was 151! I'm eager to get better at it and learn some of the tricks they teach on the Hoopnotica dvd. After I master hooping around my waist, I should learn how to walk or turn in a circle while hooping. Then is on to hip hooping, and learning how to pass it from my waist to my hips and back. I think I might need to get a real adult hoop for these things. The smaller, heavier one takes more oomph and has to be spun faster to keep it going, and I don't know that I'll be able to do those tricks with the amount of speed and power that I have to use for it. Happily, I found a website that shows you how to make your own custom hoop for a fraction of the cost of the store bought ones. So I think I'll be good to go! I'm all about fitness on the cheap. Actually, I'm all about living on the cheap in general.
I'm finding that I really enjoy any exercise that feels like playing. I love anything that has dancing, and I can pretend I'm a little girl onstage again. I dream of taking dance classes again someday when my kids are grown and we have a little more financial wiggle room. I had a lot of fun with the bootcamp that used the stability ball (I think it might have been the Spring into Shape Bootcamp). And now I'm really digging the hula hoop. It's amazing how quickly the time flies by when I'm trying time and time again to beat my own record for that morning. It's too much fun to feel like work!