A couple of years ago, I decided to take up hula hooping for exercise. I had very little experience but said: “Hey, if little kids can do this, how hard can it possibly be?”.
Excited, I bought a sparkly, plastic hula hoop at WalMart and eagerly rushed home. Slipping it over my head, I gave it a spin and started gyrating vigorously, only to feel it fall to the floor almost instantly. Again and again I tried. What was I doing wrong? Did all hula hoop beginners have this much trouble?
Soon my sister visited and eyed the purple hoop in the corner of my living room. “I used to do this as a kid”, she said as she tossed it around her waist. But like me, she watched it fall over and over. “I swear I can do this!” she said. Finally, she did, but she scowled as it started to seem more like work than play. Continue reading 5 Tips for Hula Hoop Beginners (and Mistakes to Avoid)