I have been irregular with my walks ever since we changed houses. After we got back from our Shimla-Manali trip, I decided to try yoga (inspired by my daughter). So, for the first time in my life, and I just turned 40 as you are aware, I went for my first yoga class. I tried various poses (asanas) and was confident that I would continue and finish the 12 sessions with ease.
But, from the third class onwards, I felt like my whole being was forced into various parts of the universe. I felt like I was torturing my body to open energy channels that it has never even heard of before. It’s not that I couldn’t do yoga but I got to know that the one that I had chosen (power yoga) required me to already have a certain level of strength and fitness in order to go about it without having to sleep for 2 hours after class. Therefore, sadly, despite the benefits of yoga, and before I sprained a muscle, for the first time in my life, I quit a class halfway through.
It’s not like me, I know, but after a lot of deliberation, I chose to stop inflicting such agony on my body. As we get older, along with our body, our brain also tends to get lazy. Haven’t you noticed? Not only do we not feel like doing a strenuous physical activity regularly but we are also less driven mentally to do anything for the good of our bodies due to the various responsibilities that take up most of our valuable time.
However, I was determined to do something before I became a huge round lump of ageing flesh, so, I resorted to walking again. Also, after some research, I started doing around 100 hip circles with my weighted hula hoop per day. Why with the hula hoop? I’ll tell you why!
A weighted hula hoop is the heavier and sturdier version of the popular toy you buy for a child. Exercising with one is fun, challenging and a refreshing way to keep your mind and body fit. So, even if I skip a day of walking due to the rain, harsh sun or storm, hula hooping continues to keep me active.
Hula hooping is a moving meditation that ‘hoopnotizes’ us. It helps to clear our minds while releasing unnecessary stress and anxiety. When circular moves are constantly being created, we are enhancing our ability to focus. While concentrating on keeping the hula hoop from falling, the deep belly breathing and the communication, between our left and right brain hemispheres, promote conscious mental activity thereby ensuring that our brain remains sharp and healthy.
Did you know that the constant circling of the hula hoop around your arms and body creates a soothing massage for your biceps, belly, back, and inner organs? What’s more? An hour of hula hooping loses as many calories as you would with one hour of vigorous runs on a treadmill. Now, who wants to lose those inches or tone some muscles with hula hoops?
As hula hooping strengthens your core muscles, you tend to better your posture and improve your balance. This also allows you to carry out other exercises with the correct form.
Hula hoops can simply be used with hip circles or taken a step further and combined with complex dance steps. Hence, hula hooping helps boost our self-esteem as we feel better about ourselves after noticing the improvements in our physical appearance as well as knowing that we did it without hardcore or strenuous workouts.
You can find various hula hoops in the market but I think that the best are the non-detachable ones or the rhythmic gymnastics hula hoops. They come at a reasonable cost. So, you can say ‘bye bye’ to expensive gym memberships and fitness workshops with exorbitant fees. Your hula hoop can be your friend forever.
Get into the hula hoop circle and tell me you don’t automatically smile or giggle. While doing the hip circles, I am always smiling just like I am while belly dancing. Your circle can be your happy place without limitations. So, whether you exercise, wriggle, jump or dance with your hula hoop, you’re bound to smile or, for that matter, even laugh out loud. Try hula hooping after a crying session and let me know if it’s true! 😉
Whether you have planned to go on a picnic or drive 5 hours on a road trip this weekend, missing your hula hooping sessions can be prevented. The hula hoops are not heavy to carry around and hula hooping is very easy to do anywhere and at any time. Hence, you can find no excuses to skip this fun session wherever you are!
When you hula hoop dance in groups, you tend to connect with like-minded people who are not afraid to move and jiggle just like you. Apparently, it’s almost like a laughing session. Though I haven’t tried this yet, I do want to! Are any of you interested?
Of course, just hula hooping while being careless about what goes in your mouth will not allow you to lose calories, inches or weight from your body. You don’t have to starve yourself either to lose those inches. Simply adjust your lifestyle, live simply and eat right.
Honestly, the inexpensiveness of the whole activity interested me at first. Why invest in a class that I may not like while I’m right in the middle of it (like the yoga class despite the good-looking male instructor 😉)? Here, I could just start and stop as per my will. Yes, there are chances you may find this as an excuse to stop anytime many times, but hey! No one can start or stop anything without YOU wanting to, right?
So, come on, do try it out, and let me know if you’re happier with this than any gym membership you’ve paid for. 😉
This post is part of Blogchatter’s CauseAChatter.