Friday, June 10, 2011

Not your mamma's hoola hoop

(this is me, attempting a self portrait while hooping)

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.


J. said...

I had no idea they were that easy to make - I am so adding that to my to-do list as my kids love to hoop but they keep breaking the cheap ones.

Gretchen Magruder said...

okay, the video is just what I needed to get motivated to get on the stick with this!!

Diana said...

I made some the other day. My kids and I are having a great time with them! They're forcing my son with CP to move some long neglected parts of his body, including a weak leg. Both my boys have ADHD along with all their other alphabet soup stuff and it is very calming and relaxing for them...and for me, too! It's a great way to work off big feelings!! Oh yah, the neighbors are definately noticing our adventures in (crappy) hooping. I looked outside the other day and there were 8 kids out hooping on my lawn! Thanks for the inspiriation!

Kerrie said...

I didn't think about it being like the wet-dog shake! Hello new momma tool!

Barb G said...

Darn it! You just had to, didn't you?

**sigh** It's easy enough for even this craft-challenged mom.

Now all I have to do is try to keep it up. The hoop, I mean. ;-)

Barb G

Sara said...

Spread the hoop love mama! Can't believe it's been over a year since we all made them at the campground. Crazy. xxoo

Trauma Mama said...

Sweet! I've been lurking on amazon, but I think I'll make a hoop instead. Maybe, I'll get crazy and make them for my friends too!

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I remember hoola hooping as a kid. I can't remember the last time I did it. How fun!

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Lisa said...

Saw a native hoop dancer at Childen's Festival yesterday. 2 time world champion. Now, THAT guy could work a hoop! ;-)

Mom of 5 said...

I sooo want to blow up that picture of you up above and hang it on the celing above my be (after I take down the mirrors, of course.) and put the caption "Things are looking up." above it. What a way to start off the day.

We are loving us some hooping.

Jamie said...

I was so confused for the longest time on why I couldn't hoola hoop! Thanks for educating me on hoop size!

Stacy said...

thanks for posting this. lucy is super psyched to make a hula hoop. we are bringing all the hula making stuff when we go camping with friends. it's going to be a hopping extravaganza!