WHAT I AM LOVING
Remember the good ole days, playing outside with the kids in the neighborhood till it was almost dark. Or maybe you’re too young to remember back that far. But I want to tell you what I am loving that reminds of playing outside.
It’s Hula Hooping! Yes, you read that right. Hula Hooping! Let me tell you how I came about this. I was at a business retreat in Ft. Lauderdale in September. Our hotel was right across the street from the beach. The first morning I went to the beach to walk and meditate and what did I see down the beach? A couple of women who were hula hooping. It looked with so much fun being on the beach, watching the waves and looking at the sun come up. It looked very meditative.
I connected with the women who were hooping that afternoon and made a date the next morning to meet up with them to take a hoop for a “spin.” (Sorry, I just had to go there.) Her hoops were large and were weighted. I found that the bigger and heavier the hoops were, the easier it is to get it going which means you can do it for longer periods of time. I was on the beach when I tried it. My balance was a little wonky, but I got it going. All you needed to do was get the same motion going as if you were holding a baby and rocking back and forth. It wasn’t so much as a spiral movement of the hips as much as it is the rocking motion of the body side to side.
I was hooked on the hoop. It was like playing outside with the kids in the neighborhood and I was having a blast. It was working out without feeling like I was working out. All you really need it 10 minutes to get a good workout. And your abs will thank you. This workout will burn 7 calories a minute. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but it doesn’t feel like you're working out either. It’s feels like a massage for you digestive tract and it feels wonderful.
I try to do it at least 10 minutes a day and I really feel energized when I am finished.
So if you want a weighted hoop, let me put in you in touch with the gal who made mine. Go to www.soulhooping.com. Heather is the maker of the hoop and she made me a travel hoop that breaks down and will fit into a bag half the size of a yoga mat bag.
If you are looking to step up your exercise regime, give it a “whirl.”
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