Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hula Hooping Momma Getting Fit


On St. Patrick's Day my friend, C., and I stopped by a local consignment store. We spied some fun hula hoops and C. challenged me to play a bit. I was surprised at my ability to hoop with a real life hoop (not the itty bitty kind you find at Walmart) and at how quickly I felt the workout throughout my body...

...and that is where my hooping journey began. I went out the next day and bought all the necessary supplies to make my very own hoops:
That's it. Irrigation tubing, connectors and a hack saw. (I used some pretty tape to decorate. Unfortunately, I later discovered that duct tape gets pretty beat up when the hoop hits the pavement.)

Next, I just started practicing. I search videos on YouTube and joined HoopCity for more detailed instruction. All 3 of my daughters have since joined me and Ariana & Annika can actually hoop pretty darn well. What a fun way for us to play together, get exercise and have fun.

Just yesterday, I started my first hooping class through my local rec. (Our Racquet Club also offers classes with the same instructor.) It was a gorgeous day to put my toes in the grass and spend an uninterrupted hour getting some much needed exercise.

I think I have discovered an exercise routine that I will actually stick with. I can envision myself on my deck in the sunshine spending an hour here and there getting my heart pumping while the girls either join me or I can keep an eye on them as they run around the yard.


  1. love it! One of my close friends is, like, a master hooper. She's amazing, and when I tried her hoops I found that I was good at it too. You're right, so so different from the kiddie ones!

    I'm going to try and make my own too, especially now that you've put up a tutorial! I wasn't sure what to use for the base.

  2. Ok, now I have to try it! I'm going to make one for myself and Leilah and see how it goes! It looks fun! And yes the "walmart" ones are horrible!

  3. The real hoops are so much heavier than the kiddie ones. That sounds like lots of fun!

  4. When you and Marisa Tomei become BFF's, make sure you invite me over, ok?

  5. I stumbled upon your blog and must say I'm in love! Love all of your ideas! I'm also an NH girl (Tilton), so it's so great to see someone local with a successful blog. :)

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