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91 Days Until Summer - Fun Focus on Hooping

Saturday, March 22, 2014



Days Until Summer!

Yesterday:

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Totally forgot to meditate! Oh well...today's a new day.



Fun Focus today is on HOOPING!

Like my weighted vest, hooping has become part of my fitness regimen, usually when I watch TV in the evenings. I have a very large weighted hoop that makes it easy to keep up the momentum for longish periods of time (20-30 minutes at a crack) and it gives my tummy a nice massage.

If I put my Spark Tracker on my waist, my hooping workout gets registered as a "General Workout"

There is no way to reclassify it as hooping. What's up with that Spark?

I got the idea to showcase Hooping because of my following the antics of MOSTMOM1



She is a super fun and upbeat person. Check out her recent Vlog on hooping while SEATED!

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Too cool. And showcases the "where there is a will, there is a way" mentality we could all use a little more of.



She has a lot of other Vlogs on her hooping exploits which far exceed my abilities!

Check them out also.

Here are some benefits of hooping excerpted from a site called “hoopnotica”

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Hooping will make you feel the (calorie) burn. Hooping has been proven to burn over 400 calories per hour by the American Council on Exercise, although the calorie-burn from hooping may be as high as 600 calories per hour when other parts of your body, such as your arms and legs, are engaged.



It improves hand-eye co-ordination and motor skills. Like other sports, hooping requires hand-eye co-ordination and challenges your brain as well as your muscles. Hooping in both your natural direction and your reverse directions (recommended) is an excellent opportunity for your brain to engage both your dominant and non-dominant sides while guaranteeing your body's balance.



It improves your spine's strength and flexibility. The movements require a significant range of motion for your spine while increased practice can train your spine to a greater range of motions than you are used to, increasing your flexibility and even preventing back injuries



The "H" Factor. Happiness. At the risk of sounding sappy, aside from these amazing physical fitness benefits, most of us fall in love with hooping because of how it makes us feel: Happy. Besides the wonderful burst of endorphins you're likely to enjoy after a good bout of hooping, this activity can have other, more subtle positive effects on your psyche. After hooping we often feel like younger, stronger, more toned, more confident versions of ourselves...in other words, we feel like better--if not our best Selves.



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