by Philo Hagen
Don’t you just love springtime? It’s already here, can you believe it? And as the world begins to emerge from winter, and the birds begin to sing and the flowers start to bloom, it almost feels like anything is possible. And guess what? It is! So whether it’s time to kick start your hooping practice back up after the cold chill of winter, bring yourself back into the center of your own rotation, or simply lose a few pesky winter pounds, Hooping.org’s Spring Fling 30/30 Hooping Challenge is here to help. It all starts on April 1st, and that’s no joke hoopers!
For those who may not be familiar with our 30/30 Challenges, the basic premise is this: 1) Make a public declaration that you will be hooping for at least 30 minutes a day for all 30 days of the month of April, and do so by leaving a comment of commitment at the end of this post. 2) Each day of the challenge, when you have completed your 30 minutes of hooping, return to hooping.org and scroll down the page until you find our 30/30 Daily Check-in Post. Share a little something about your experience with the rest of us. It can be as brief or as detailed as you want too. Why the check in? So we can all have some accountability to one another, help motivate and support each other along the way, and have more awareness of our challenge progress too. Each day of April a new post 30/30 Challenge post will go up right here on Hooping.org. Share about your experience for Day 1 on Day 1, for the 2nd day on Day 2, and so on. You can use any of the social networks listed to create your account and start spinning up your daily replies throughout the month.
When Hooping.org started our original 30/30 Challenges, I personally committed to each and every one – only I never quite made it to the finish line the first few times. Then one year I decided to really make myself, my health and my hoopiness a priority like never before. I reprioritized my time to make room for daily hooping and tried not to put it off to the end of the day. On the days that I did, I still hooped before bed no matter how tired I was, and guess what? Every time I met the challenge, even on the days I wasn’t feeling it, I felt happier and more energized afterwards. And something else happened too. I lost weight. By the time the 30/30 was over I’d actually lost 12 pounds. I was so excited about it. I decided to continue hooping daily and lost 50 pounds total. So when I say that anything is possible in springtime, I’m actually saying that from personal experience!
While it only takes 21 days to create a new positive habit in our lives, we’re going to do it for 30 and create even happier and healthier habits together. And to motivate everyone a little more we’ve got a prize incentive too – a hoop themed T-shirt, some hoop stickers and an iTunes gift card. We only have one shirt to give, so if it’s not your size, don’t complain – just give it to a hooper you know will love it? After all, it’s really not about winning prizes anyway, because everyone is going to be a winner in their life just by participating. So let’s all be winners this Spring, and to be eligible for the prize drawing at the end, here’s what you need to do:
1. Post your commitment to complete our Spring Fling 30/30 Hooping Challenge below.
2. Hoop for a minimum of 30 minutes for each of the 30 days during the month of April.
3. Post about your daily challenge experience on our daily challenge post here on hooping.org.
At the end of the month, all who complete the challenge will be entered into a random drawing.
So, what are you waiting for? What have you got to lose? Join us for our Spring Fling 30/30 Hooping Challenge and if do it one day at a time, the 30 days will be over before you know it. You’ll be all set for fun in the sun too. Best of luck to everyone, you can do it! I can do it! We’re gonna do this – together!
So, are you in?
UPDATE: The challenge has begun! Join us at our Day 1 posting here.
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.