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The Hula Hoop--A Fun Way to Stay in Shape

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Deborah L. Alexander is an author, business woman, wife to Doug for almost 40 years, a mother of three adult children & a grandmother of 4.

Shoop,Shoop Hula Hoop

Did you love to Hula Hoop as a kid? Do you still enjoy Hula Hooping today?

I believe Hula Hooping is an activity you never outgrow!

Once you learn the Hula Hoop moves, it never leaves you. It's kind of like learning to ride a bicycle, once you master it, you never forget how. And more importantly, you never forget how much awesome FUN it is to practice your "moves" and even to learn new ones.

There are Hula Hoop moves you may never have imagined possible, but you might be surprised what can be done with a Hula Hoop. Check out the video below.

If you have ever Hula Hooped in the past, you know it's absolute fun found in the middle of a colorful circle.

If you've never experienced the fabulous challenge of being able to Hula Hoop for hours (or even minutes) at once, it's time to give it a try to experience the endless magic of an activity you will never regret beginning!

Which Hula Hoop is Best? - The Original Whamo Hula Hoop or the New Water Version?

My personal favorite is the old-stand-by, Whamo Hula Hoop, just like the hot-pink one I played with in 5th grade. It has ball-bearings inside to give that famous sound, which also gave it it's name, "Shoop Shoop" Hula Hoop!

It's one of my favorite toys from childhood and one activity I never stopped doing through the years! I still love Hula Hooping today!

Wham-O Original Hula Hoop, Set Of 3
Wham-O Original Hula Hoop, Set Of 3

This is the 1st Hula Hoop which hit the market over 4 decades ago.


The Hula Hoop by Wham-O - An Archive TV Commercial

A Secret Benefit of Hula Hooping

. . .It Gives You a Great Waist-line!

No kidding! It's great exercise for your waist and keeps things in check, even after the dreaded peri-menopause years begin.

Hula Hooping is my secret exercise for keeping in shape, which is a real bonus for me because, as I'm sure you know by now, it's an activity that I really enjoy and have fun doing.

I got my first Hula Hoop at age ten and it took me a little while to get the hang of it. But I learned, not only to Hula Hoop at my waist but to start at my neck and keep the Hula Hoop going all the way down to my feet and then back up again. I was in fifth grade during this time and several of my friends also loved to Hula Hoop. We had a Hula Hoop group and we took our Hula Hoops to school everyday (which was difficult since I rode the bus everyday) but it was worth the inconvenience when we all Hula Hooped through recess every morning and afternoon.

I've been Hula Hooping for years and just like riding a bicycle, the enjoyment has never faded away. I Hula Hooped with my daughter and now am teaching my four year-old granddaughter how to Hula Hoop too! It's definitely a fun tradition to share.

Remember the Hula Hoop

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Check Out This Girl's Hula Hooping Skill & Tricks

Don't Forget to Hula Hoop to Your Favorite Music!

WOW! Look at These Amazing Fiber Optic Hula Hoops Here!

Helpful Hint:

Be sure to get the right size for you, otherwise it may be frustrating to get the hang of Hula Hooping. If the Hula Hoop is too small, it will be very hard, if not impossible, to keep the Hula Hoop going. Without the proper room, it will not turn easily and will fall down.

LED Hula Hoops - These also provide a colorful, light show!

36" - The Ocho - Color Changing LED Hula Hoop - 10 Super Bright LEDS
36" - The Ocho - Color Changing LED Hula Hoop - 10 Super Bright LEDS

Imagine how beautiful this would be on a summer night!


Do You Love to Hula Hoop? - If not, will you give it a try?

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      DLeighAlexander 2 years ago

      Thanks for visiting! Bet you still could hula hoop; it's kind of like riding a bike--once you learn it; you don't forget how. It was definitely one of my best childhood memories; and I still enjoy it today.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      I haven't used a hula hoop for years, so not sure I can still do it in my seventies.

      Used to have one in my hands every day in the early 1950s and I could go on and on for hours, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the memories.

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      Maybe I never really learned because I definitely cannot do it now.

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      CalobrenaOmai 4 years ago

      Hard to believe that a simple child's toy can be turned into an art form. I actually remember seeing a girl, or lady rather, that turned hula hooping into a profession. She could dance and keep hula hoops (around 10 or so) in constant motion without losing rhythm. I might give it another try in the future but that's iffy.

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      DougAllen 4 years ago

      I'm not much on Hula Hooping, but I thought the girl in the video you posted did an awesome job! Fun to watch...I found myself moving like I had a hula hoop on, trying to help her, lol!