Hula hooping is an activity that most of us associate with our childhood. Parents would pick up an inexpensive hoop from the toy store and it provided hours of fun and healthy entertainment.
These days, it's not just the youngsters that are wiggling their hips, folks of all ages are getting back into their childhood pastime. However, in this era, the hip word to use is simply "hooping" and participants are known as "hoopers." Not only is it enjoyable (and some even claim that it's meditative) but it's a great way to keep in shape and will help you get killer abs!
Although the origins of hooping are unknown, some sources claim that the earliest known forms of hooping date back to Ancient Egypt circa 1000BC, where children played with hoops made from grasses and vines. Hooping can found in many different cultures across the eons of time including in Native American tribes and in 14th century England, but modern day hooping all began in the late 1950's and is still going strong.
If you've tried hooping as an adult with a hoop from a toy store and found it difficult or impossible to keep the hoop moving, that's where you've made your first mistake. Hula hoops from toy stores are made for children and so the taller you are, the bigger your hoop needs to be, especially as a beginner. Generally, children's hoops are made from lightweight plastic which also makes it harder to keep moving. A good first hoop should have a bit of weight to make it easier to use as it will rotate more slowly.
By doing a simple search on the internet you will find plenty of companies that make custom hoops. However, if you want to support local businesses Coola Hoops are proudly handmade in Melbourne and have lots of different designs and colours to choose from.
There's nothing stopping you from hooping in your yard or at the park, but lessons are a great way to establish good technique, learn a few tricks and meet other hoopers in the process. Again, there are quite a few options to choose from but to help get you started, check out The House of Burlesque, Puzzle Dust Circus and Circus Oz to see what suits you best.