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Hola Hoop, jump, shake, roll: Having fun with your kiddie and shaking off some pounds

Updated on July 25, 2012


Hula Hoop Mania!

The first lady as the right idea, there is more to the hula hoop than you think. OMG, I just spelled hula hoop (HOLA HOOP). Well, the hula hoop, not the hello hoop, has so many uses. As a child I was the hula hoop champion and prided myself on how long I could last. In my family I dared anybody to challenge me to try to take my hula hoop title, casuality after casuality. I held on to my title even as my little sister grew up, ha, ha, I thought. Nobody can stop me, now. Wrong! Well, one thing I didn't know was after you have a child your body goes haywire especially during the recovery process.

So, needless to say, I looked ridiculous and my daughter's dad had too much fun taping me and we both burst into laughter afterwards. That was a year ago and since then I have perfected my technique. By that I mean, i out hula hooped my 11 year old cousin, 15 year old sister, 46 year old aunt, and 4 year old daughter. I'm on a roll needless to say. Any takers, I think it is best to let you know, I am very seasoned with hooping. I can go long high, low, mid-way, arm, leg, waist, foot. (In my Mariah Carey voice, "Try it on me!")

Before my mother passed I had a great work out regiment with the hula hoop and jump rope. For purposes of staying relevant to this particular article I will only incorporate my routine for the hula hoop. As you see, its a versatile workout instrument. I have provided you will professionals that can guide you as a beginning, but I will also give you my recommendations of what worked for me.

I started out with 3 to 5 minutes of waist hooping. Also, I have provided pictures at the right to give you an idea of all of my techniques, also just about anyone can try this. I will warn if you have heart, lung, or other issues, you may want to consult your doctor, before implementing this. Now back to the article, I would do 3 to 5 minutes of skip-it hooping (where you use your foot.)

Then, there is the jump rope, where you use your hula hoop as a jump rope and do that for 3 to 5 minutes, you choose the pace. Then, there is the knock knee spin, when you have the hula hoop around your knees it is not easy and takes great balance and precision, do it for 1 to 3 minutes. Also, there is the turkey neck, where you hula hoop around your neck for 1 to 3 minutes, that also takes practice. You can ask my little cousin. Then, there is going from arm to arm the pass around, where you can do 1 minute on each hand.

You can make it fun for you and the family, you can have competitions, it is something that will be a family event/exercise/fun! That to me is a win-win situation. Parents can teach their kids how to hoop and both can share the different techniques. With my family, we are working on the tricks, my sister is able to work the hoop from her waist to her arm, me not yet! It taps back into the fun of your childhood, when you laughed and smiled and looked forward to each day as an adventure. It is needed for us all, so grab a hula hoop and work those hips with your family! Have Fun! Hula Hoop Mania!

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    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      You're welcome, I think you should. And if you have competitive kiddies they will keep you on your toes, lol. I think my sister and cousin were shocked that I beat them so easily. (sn I kind of was too.)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      This is a very smart way to add fun to excersize. I used to love it as well when I was young. I might just re-discover it.

      Thanks for the share

    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Psychicdog, Thanks! Come on shake, rattle, roll, you can do it! Same thing happens to my four year old, except when she does wii-fitness, then she transforms into the hula queen, go figure! Maybe you should practice your skills there, then pick up the hula hoop, you might have better luck!

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      6 years ago

      Hula hula - Voted Up Britvan - my girls are good at the hoop - I don't have the hips and always find it drops to the floor!

    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Faithreaper, glad I could be of assistance.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Great idea and fun too. I can do this with my granddaughters and they would love it. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Lol, thanks guys! Lol Jonny, I will keep that in mind. I have a sneaky suspicion my sister is thinking she is going to come back off of vacation and wipe the floor with me, but we have the same dna so, I'm be ready, too, lol.@Integrity, I hope so!

    • jonnycomelately profile image


      6 years ago from Tasmania

      Definition of a Naval Destroyer..... A hula hoop with a pin in it!

      Good morning Britt, everyone. Hope this lightens up you day.

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      6 years ago

      I definitely voted up! The mothers will love that one for sure.


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