by Philo Hagen
It’s officially Autumn and many of us are falling back into our routines again. The world may be getting a little colder and darker for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop spinning up some fun and fitness either. In fact, spinning some smiles and exercise into our lives becomes even more valuable now. Hooping is a joy creater, a great meditation for spinning away those things that really aren’t that important, plus it’s the perfect solution for warding off those additional pounds that like to start coming by for a visit now. That’s why we’re proud to present Hooping.org’s Fall Fun & Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge.
For those who may not be familiar with our 30/30 challenges over the years, the basic premise is this: 1) Make a public declaration that you will be hooping for at least 30 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days during the month of October by leaving a reply or comment below at the end of this post. 2) Starting on October 1st, once you have completed your 30 minutes of hooping for that day share about your hooping experience, as brief or as detailed as you wish, on the post corresponding to that date on our Facebook Page. Why? So we can have accountability to one another, support each other along the way and spin up some community with old and new hooping friends in the process. Each day a new announcement will go up on Hooping.org’s Facebook Page in the wee small hours of the morning for you to share about your experience with our 30/30 Hooping Challenge for that day on. On Day one we’ll share on the Day 1 Facebook post, followed by Day 2 on the Day 2 Facebook post, etc.
And the more the merrier is so true when it comes to the 30/30 too. The more people we have involved in the challenge, the more fun and love and support we’re gonna be able to give and receive along the way, so we not only invite you to take the challenge, we invite you to help us spread the word.
WILD CARD DAY: For those who start on October 1st you will have a Wild Card Day during the month of October to use is you need it. So don’t let a rough day at work or a cold take you down for the count. Turn in your Wild Card and keep on hooping. Those who start on October 2nd will not have a Wild Card Day to use, but can still join us in the 30/30 between now and Halloween.
The Fall Fun & Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge is indeed a challenge too, but I have faith that each and every one of you can make it happen. We can always accomplish things together that we can never do alone, so join in the fun with a friend where you live or a hooping pal online. Prioritize time daily to make room for hooping fun and fitness. Got a smart phone? Set a daily alarm or calendar reminder to alert you that it’s time to hoop. We’ve also discovered over the years doing this that it’s best for most to try not to put it off to be the last thing to do at the end of the day, even if you need to squeeze in three 3 minute and 20 second segments if it’s all that fits into your schedule.
For those who take the challenge you will quite likely find that your days will be happier and more energized. You may hit an energetic wall early on, but keep on hooping through it as you’re likely to have a breakthrough. Don’t be surprised if you lose some weight too – I lost 12 pounds the first time I did the full 30/30. And get this – it only takes 21 days to create a life habit, so by hooping on the daily for 30 days the hooping practice you’ve been thinking about will become a reality. I’m really looking forward to creating happier and healthier hooping habits together this month too because I am taking the challenge. Let’s do this!
PHOTO FUN: For those who are photographically inclined, and no pressure if you’re not, we also invite you to post a photo with your daily check in. It’s easy to do on Facebook by clicking the camera icon on the right side of the comment area and we’ll share some inspiring photo collages along the way. It’s another way for us to spin some more fun into the challenge for each other too.
And to motivate you all even more, we’ve got a little prize incentive too. At the end of the challenge we will be doing a drawing and one lucky hooper from those who completed all 30 days who will win a little something. It’s not really about winning though, because everyone who participates is going to be feeling like a winner – so let’s all be winners this Fall and hoop it up!
To be eligible for the prize drawing, here’s what you need to do:
1) Post your intention to complete the Fall Fun & Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge with a Reply or Comment below.
2) Hoop for a minimum of 30 minutes during each day of the challenge.
3) Share about your daily hooping experience on the corresponding post for that day on Hooping.org’s Facebook Page. At the end of the month, all who completed the challenge will be entered into a random drawing and a winner will be selected.
So, are you ready to rock October and spin more fun and fitness into your life? Welcome aboard and declare your commitment in the comments below!
I can’t wait to hear about your experiences and transformations each day and we wish you all the very best of luck. The Fall Fun and Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge is back and together, we can do it!
UPDATE: Our Day 1 post is up on our Facebook Page and the hashtag for any 30/30 posts is #Hooping30.
Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.