In today’s world everybody is looking for a magic pill. A magic pill that will make us slimmer, a magic pill that will make us feel better, a magic pill that will solve our problem.
I have some good news! I know of the magic pill. It is simple. But it is not easy.
The magic pill? Exercise.
The benefits of physical movement have long been documented; it’s great for your body and mind, it is energising, it clears your head, lowers stress levels etc.… So what is the problem?
We know we should move, go for a walk, run or do some hooping. We make a plan, but then we don’t follow it through. And this happens again and again.
Why are we so good at thinking of what to do, but so terrible at actually doing those things?
The problem is we are skipping an essential step: the feelings. We rarely take our emotions into account, even though they are a fundamental part of why humans do what they do. We keep finding excuses, because we don’t feel like going out today or we don’t feel like hooping today.
And yes, granted, hooping is great because it doesn’t feel like your regular boring exercise… but still…. sometimes even the best exercise can be hard to keep up!
If you want to get your magic pill, you will need to start thinking about exercise in a more “mechanical way”.
Here are 3 basic hacks to get you moving:
Ignore the feelings
Trick yourself; no matter how you are feeling and what excuse you find, ignore the negative self-talk and put on your trainers anyway. Open the door. Push yourself out and start walking. You know you will feel better afterwards.
2.) Monitor the progress
Nothing is more motivating than progress. So track your progress. Celebrate small wins. Research shows that rewards are responsible for three-quarters of why you do things. Congratulate yourself whenever you complete a workout.
3) Use peer pressure
Surround yourself with active people. According to research, you are likely to develop health habits of those around you. If you’re in a group of people who have high goals for looking after themselves, you are likely to take on that same attitude.
As we said: ”It’s simple, but not easy.” Still, you can do this! Grab your hoop and let’s hoola!
If you need some extra motivation, become a Hoola Nation Member and we’ll help you out! Click here for more info on becoming a member.
Benefits of hooping
Most people think of hoola hooping as a fun activity for the kids; which it is!, but it is also A LOT more than that. It’s a great way to keep fit : different, fun and effective.
So, let’s talk about why hoola hooping is good for you …... I have to be honest, when I first started hooping (after I had my second baby), I never thought hooping would have such a great positive effect on my body (and on my mind!)…
I mean….. We all know hoola hooping is good fun. But it is also seriously good exercise. It has been scientifically proven to:
Burn up to 400 calories per 30 min session
Speed up the weight loss process
Strengthen the abdominal area
Sculpt thighs, buttocks, arms and waist
It has also been observed that hooping:
Improves balance and coordination
Improves energy levels
Promotes laughter and smiles
and even….. wait for it……… Boosts libido! Aha. Oh yeah! ;o) Say no more. Let’s hoola! 😂
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s do this champ. Let’s get hooping. Action points: 1. Follow Hoola Nation of Facebook (and turn on the notifications): Link to Hoola Nation FB page
With loads of love and hoop la la Sasha and Hoola Nation team xxx
Anyone can hoola hoop
Have you tried hooping yet?
If yes, you might be struggling - in which case, please don't worry. You are not alone. Some people can hoola straight away, others take a while, but! ……
Here is the thing. Anyone can hoola hoop. That's right, anyone. How do we know? Because we have been teaching women to hoola for over 12 years and we never had anyone who couldn't do it. (apart from this one time… read on )
We did have a lady, who walked out of the class (embarrassingly for us) - but that was before she listened to our instructions. She decided hooping wasn't for her. And that's ok.
But one thing we can promise you: If you want to hoola, you can!
The secret to success?
You want to actually hoola hoop and be ready to put some effort into it
The right instructions (we've got you covered there )
The right hoola hoop (hoop check below)
So, Let’s do the "Hoop Check".
1. Check Size: When you place the hoop vertically in front of your feet (see picture), it should reach your navel (or there about)
2. Check Weight: Anywhere between 700g and 1.2 kg.
3. Check Shape: Round (well preferably, but you do get extra points if you can hoola with a square hoop ;o) and smooth; some hoops have got a “massage aid” on the inside, which makes it brutal to hoop with.
If you are still not sure, or if you don't have a hoop yet, try our quiz and see which hoop is best for you.