It’s been too long since I have hooped on a daily basis. I’m trying to change that now! I started in like 2007, would go for weeks at a time hooping every day, and then got an internship and over time hooped less and less.
For the last two years, I have had a “big girl” job, got paid a salary, and had way too much going on to think much about hula hoops. Yeah, I would get it out sometimes for exercise, or to take a break from work (I did a lot of overtime at home), but I didn’t feel like it was a priority for me.
One exception to this was a “fun night” I did for a fitness fair. I played some circus type music, another lady brought juggling kits, and I taught how to hoop to some school-age kids and their parents. It was awesome! This was a turning point for me when I realized that I loved to play and teach others at the same time.
At the beginning of summer I quit my job. I felt like I needed to do something I loved for a while. I need to take care of my body. Need to laugh and play. Thankfully, I can exercise for hours if a circular hoop is involved.
I can’t really afford to go out shopping or to the movies all the time, so I spend as much time as I can hooping. The summer weather can be pretty brutal, sometimes, so I invested in an LED hoop to encourage me to go outside in the evenings when it’s cooler.
I have other projects going on as well (always busy), but hooping provides me with encouragement to be artistic, carefree, and fun.
Just needed to write this out because I have been hooping for four years or more, and some days I get frustrated or mad about my seeming lack of progress. Need to remember why I do it in the first place.
There’s too many good points in this to quote it, but if you ever wondered or wanted to ask about it, I suggest you read this first.
(Remember: FYH is not a ‘thinspo’ tumblr and just wants you to be happy and healthy, whatever shape you are.)
I agree completely with the first sentence of this article. I started hooping because it made me feel good in the body I already had. When I am hula hooping, I don’t even think about burning calories or fitness, and that’s probably why I’m still doing it!
We use the hoop to create spin; a circular force in the universe and in our lives, that produces energy. With the power of our hearts, we channel that energy into pure joy and creativity. The channeling process is fueled less by the mind and more by the heart. Indeed, hooping is part of an…