LOL -- I dug my real hula hoop out of the garage last night and did it -- it was so easy! I did it again today -- still easy (I would post video but it's not a pretty sight). I thought I couldn't be getting much of a workout. Holy cow am I sore! Especially that lower ab area!!
I got mine from someone who was making them at home a few years back. I was working at a school and some of us would "hoop" in the cafeteria after work. It is a good workout because they are kind of heavy. I have seen some on fitness sites one called yourhoop.com and there are some on amazon. You want one about 32 - 42. The smaller they are, the faster you have to move to keep them up and if they are larger, you really have to swing your body to keep it up.
10 minutes of that would be an excellent workout! I know I end up working up a good sweat doing that and I get plenty of bending and stretching in because I drop it quite a bit, LOL.
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Where do you find an adult sized hula hoop? I am pretty out of shape and older in age taboot, so I know what you mean about running, zumba or aerobics routines being humbling. If there is enough room for the hoop in your living room would love to know how it worked for you as a 10 min. or part of a 10 minute exercise session.
@EachMoment2: The hula hooping program was one on the WiiFit so you don't really use the hoop, but rotate your hips in order to keep the virtual hoop up and moving. However, I do own an adult hula hoop that is currently hanging in my garage. It's HUGE and I can only use it outside really. Now THAT thing is a workout!!! Depending on the size of your living room you can use it indoors. My living room is just kind of small. Actually, I may have just enough room for it so thanks for the great idea! The kid-sized hoops are just too small for even very fit adults.
When I have used my adult sized hula hoop in the past I have found it fairly aerobic -- certainly not the intensity of running, zumba or an aerobics class, but I am so out of shape that this is plenty humbling. You have inspired me -- time to put on some music and get that thing out of the garage!! I think it's a pretty good core workout too since that's the part you really get moving.
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A fun and inspirational week 3 you had. Hope you share what you do for week 4. I don't go to the gym either. Love how you combined helping others with your exercise. Yesterday I walked in the snow and wind and even tried jogging a bit for some interval effect. I was glad too that there was no one else on the track. Don't think I would have tried it if there was.
You gave me an idea about hula hooping. Could one do it in the living room? And what would I need to add exercises to the routine for a complete body workout. Is it good for aerobics so that the heart and lungs are strengthened? I have tried HH with my children's hoops years ago and could never make it go around. Was it me or the hoop? Would hate to buy a hoop and never get it to go around.
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The objective of this week was to change it up a bit and find other fun and interesting things to do in order to get my fitness groove going. This to me seemed easy because I am one of those people who never understood the compulsion to go to the gym. I have always tried to find things to do right in front of me to keep myself moving.
So, when the snow fell I shoveled out myself and my neighbors -- two blocks worth one time! I chopped ice during a break at work one day because I had been pushed all day and hadn't gotten a chance to get in any real exercise. I tried a 12 minute video on SP, a yoga video on Netflix and finally used the Wii Fit Plus that I bought a couple of years ago.
The Wii Fit is something I will have to explore more -- the programs I used were all very short. However, I rather enjoyed hula hooping and running. The basic step program made me feel like a klutz, which merely means I need to do it more often.
It was a fun and interesting week. Lesson learned: Mix it up to keep it interesting. I still walked when I could -- though ice buildups made that tricky in spots. On the clear spots I even did some running!! That was quite a sight!
If anyone has WiiFit advice, I would love some direction!
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