A few decades ago last century, when I was a wee lass, I recall being an early adopter and keen perfector of all the fads: Elastics, Yo-yo tricks, swap card collecting, caterpillar husbandry, knuckle bones, throwing eggs over the neighbour’s fence, and more.
I remember practising the fine art of hula hooping. However the hoops of yester year, were a far cry from the carnivalesque versions, I am now seeing emerging in clusters, in $2 Shops.
I recall our 1960s hoops being very basic in style and construction; resembling a plastic garden hose, stapled at the centre to form the hoop shape. And as we twirled, like midget, unadorned, anorexic belly dancers - even twirling two hoops in unison (yes we were very good!!) - we lived in fear of that staple coming loose and piercing our stomach. Such dangerous times back then.
Fast forward to now, and the Hula Hoop is back. Did it ever go away, and end up on the nature strip? like the Ab Blaster and other fitness fetishes?
When out perusing some hula hoops the other day, I was chatting to a lady who said if she tried it now, she would snap. Yikes. So I'm thinking: Should I consult my general practitioner before becoming a born-again hula hoopee?
On the blog: Awesome Hula Hoop Workout, hula hoop "how to" instructions are provided. The site also lists the benefits of Hula Hooping -
Why Hula Hooping is Better Than Bex:
1. It's fun
2. Hooping can burn up to 100 calories every 10 minutes
3. Trim inches off your waist
4. It relieves stress
5. It builds confidence
6. You gain muscle definition
7. It tones your stomach
8. Increase cardiovascular endurance
9. Keeps your heart healthy
10. Tones your thighs
11. Tones your arms
12. Increase flexibility
13. Increase spine mobility
14. Low impact exercise
15. High intensity workout
16. It's "unplugged"
17. You can hoop at home
18. Smile and Laugh while sweating
19. Hooping is a great stress buster
20. You will love your smaller waist
21. Reduces bloating
22. Instant flatter stomach
23. 10 minutes a day is all you need
24. Instantly lifts your mood
25. Sometimes just trying something different can kick start your metabolism and start melting those calories away
So the Hoop isn't for you?
Try upcycling it into this industrial-chic inspired light-fitting:
Pooches love hooping too
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To this ...?
Photo credit source (top dog) : flickr