DIY Huge Hula Hoops

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The hula hoops arrived last week, specially made from sprinkler tubing and made extra big for easier hooping. Look at these HUGE hoops — pink and purple for the girls and yellow for us! (They’re also dancing along to last week’s VBS CD while hooping.)

Jeff’s the president of the Colorado Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and they had a big Art of Fitness extravaganza at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival which involved a lot of hula hooping. His vice president, Jacqui Shumway, made our new hula-hoops — she said it took around 30 minutes to make one hoop.

Get a Hoop

Directions for making your own hula-hoop.

If you’re not up for making your own, here are some hula hoop shops recommended by Squidoo.

Please don’t waste your money with the $1.99 hoops at the drug-store — you want bigger and heavier, they’re much easier, especially for us grown-ups! Also, be careful if you buy a weighted hula-hoops. I bought one and it had huge bumps on the inside of the hoop making it quite painful to use! What’s that all about?

BUY a hoop.

Benefits of Hooping

Hoopers (yes, it’s a “lifestyle”) told Jeff that 8 minutes of hooping burns the same amount of calories as running a mile. Whether or not that’s true, it’s most definitely a cardio-vascular workout. One that is more like play than work!

Inside Hooping Tip:

Move the furniture. We have our furniture pushed to the edges of our living room so there is plenty of room for hooping. We originally moved it for the mini-tramp and balance balls for AJ’s SPD Occupational Therapy.

Look, mom! I can jump through the hoop, too!

Grown-ups — this is a good workout for us, too. I’m going to jump on the hooping band-wagon, want to join me? Time Magazine explains what the hoopla is all about. (Ha, ha, I’m hilarious. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.) Here is a huge list of hoop exercises for adults.

Hula Hooping Advanced Skills

Hoop with more than one hoop

Hula hoop with your arms straight down

Hula hoop around your neck or arm

Speed hoop

Knee hoop

Hula Hooping Tricks for Kids Video

Alright friends, it’s time to get your hoop on! Have fun!

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  1. I was looking for a way to make my own hula hoop and I got all caught up in hooping videos
    when I ran across this fun hooping flash mob: . I’m just a beginner,
    so this is not something I can do, yet. When I can, I want to mob my own city!