Since I have taken the 30/30 challenge (hoop for 30 minutes a day, all 30 days of June), I have received approximately 278 questions about hooping.
I am not an expert. In fact, I'm sure I fit more into the category of "hooping moron." My girls - they own it. They take that darn circle and make things happen without even thinking about it. I feel like I'm just keeping up. It is something they love, and so it is something we can do together. Win.
What I am hearing from most people is, "My kid has a hoola hoop, but I just can't do it. I can't!"
I'm gonna' guess that hoop was bought down at the drug store. It is probably the perfect size for a 4-year-old. You, are probably NOT a 4-year-old. You need a hoop that fits your body. You could buy one, sure. However, why not make one? Due to the amount of tubing you usually have to buy, you could make at least 8-10 of them and share!
Check out Alaska's video:
My kids decorate their hoops with either colorful electrical tape (my personal favorite) or funky duct tape. The reason these are the most commonly used in our home is because they can be purchased almost anywhere. Another option is to spend a little more. The most highly recommended tape site is Identi-Tape.
At that point, the options are endless. However, I find that straight waist hooping is great exercise, tightening my core as well as improving my coordination. It is also VERY therapeutic, for my kids and myself. Lisa pointed out to me, it is like the wet dog trauma shake! I find it to be as fun and invigorating, or as peaceful and relaxing as I choose for it to be.
You can't screw it up. Even crappy hooping is good hooping. Yet, I wouldn't argue if you wanted to video your crappy good hooping and share.