The hooping bug has hit Long Island, New York and the hoopers there are thrilled to talk about its health benefits. Jami Goleski of Hip Mama Hula Hoops credits her hoop practice for her bounce back to shape after pregnancy. Goleski told Long Island Newsday, “Finding hooping was the best thing that has happened to me since I became a mother. Hooping is what a person wants to make of it . . . It’s not structured like an aerobics class or any other fitness class that follows a structured routine with the sole purpose being strengthening muscles and losing weight.“ In Greenport, New York, Rachel Reich, owner of Five Branches Wellness is happy to have a hooping class at her fitness center. Reich gives credence to the total body and mind benefits hooping offers, “You use the hoop on the body as well as off, so it’s really a full-body workout, strengthening deep core muscles as well as arms and legs. Hooping increases flexibility and balance, and has a positive effect on mood and self-esteem.” And Reich personally vouches for the fitness advantages of hooping, “After a few classes, I was already doing several techniques. I’ve noticed an increase in overall flexibility and sense of pride in being able to master new techniques.“
So what’s all the Hoopla about in Grand Rapids, Michigan? Well, that’s what the Grandma on the Go for Wood TV’s Eight West decided to find out. She invited Hooping.org contributing writer Audria Larsen of Audacious Hoops to come share some hoop love with her and a group of enthusiastic kids. Audria was able to teach them the basics, share some cool moves, as well as explain the benefits of hooping. And what are the benefits of hooping? Audria let them know that hooping not only benefits the body, but also the mind. Hooping works and tones your abs, back, arms and legs and is so much fun that most people don’t even realize that they are burning calories while they are in the spin. Hooping also improves balance and flexibility – and the mental health benefits? Audria says, “It’s stress reducing. You always have a smile on your face when hooping, even if you drop the hoop. It’s so much fun”. Watch the television segment below:
[Hooping.org columnist Shea Brock finds out hooping is in her blood – literally.]
by Shea Brock
I’m overweight. It’s a big shocker I know, most of America and much of the civilized world is. I’ve been this way most of my adult life. I like to eat, but I hate exercise. It’s a bad combination I know. That’s one of the reasons I started hooping. I was hoping that hooping would be a fun way for me to lose a few pounds. I was hoping it would be something I would enjoy doing and could carry with me throughout my life. I was hoping it would be something I would even be able to share with others, something to give them as well to spin joy and health into their lives as well. So far, I have been right.
I’m not stupid though. When I talk to people about hooping, there are usually three types of reactions that I get. There’s the person who gets excited over how excited I am that they are just dying to try it as well – my favorite response. I also get the person who is hesitant, but curious about wanting to give it a try. Then there is the third type – the non-believers.
I see the way they look at me sometimes when I start talking about the benefits of hooping. They are curious as to why I love it. What it does. How fun it is. How it is a great cardio exercise. How many calories you can burn. But I see the shift in their eyes as well. I see the wheels start turning in their brains and the question they are dying to ask is, “If hooping is all that, than why are you still fat?” Health is much more than a simple number on a scale or the size of my ass. It’s more than skin deep and recently I found out just how much. You see, I got hooping in my blood.