I know I'm not terribly well-plugged-in these days, but the new hula-hooping -- aka 'hula dancing' -- craze has caught me by surprise! Beyond just the resurgency in popularity of such a retro activity, the real surprise is this.... these are not your mamma's hoops and these are not your mamma's moves, either! You don't have to take my word for it -- check out the videos linked below! For one thing, these hoops are 'weighted' - they use a heavier tubing and some are filled with water... This makes them easier to keep up off the floor and makes them rotate more slowly, so you have time to do some cool dance moves. All that rotation and movement gives you a spectacular aerobic work-out as well. Of course, the very best part is.....it doesn't feel like work at all because you're PLAYING! Yea! (I can tell you that it does feel like exercise, though, I was out of breath in no time...but that's cause I'm really out of shape!)
Personally, I've only practiced recently with a friend's hoop. I've just ordered my very own today from the wonderful people at Canyon Hoops. I ordered one for my little granddaughter as well! (I knew she would be forever wanting to 'share' mine, so it was partly a selfish move on my part to buy her one of her own.)
My friend Ferol Humphrey got me started down this path. She really knows how to have fun and generate enthusiasm. She's a natural leader as well. Check this out - she's organized a Meetup for locals either into hooping or willing to give it a shot. It's called Hoopla and you can find out all about it here. Our first meeting is in just a few days - on Tuesday, July 29....so if you're anywhere near Dallas, just come out and have fun with us!
So, yeah, just to give you a small taste of what's going on in the world of hooping....take a look at these:
So.....why are you still sitting there? Get out and start hooping! ;)
Oh, and be SURE to leave me a comment here if you do! Hopefully, I'll get some good pics of the craziness next Tuesday to post here soon. :)