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The funny spin on hula hooping

I think of the hula hoop as a genius type of invention. Born in the 1950’s as a toy, it has evolved into being many things to many different types of people. I’ve heard it described as a sport-like activity, offering a vigorous and full body workout, an instant stress reliever, a child’s game but when used by a adult, an alternative to boring types of exercise. As a dance form, it provides a creative outlet with endless motion as the hooper loops around performing difficult and “effortful” gained skills. I have seen it used as a prop in competitive olympic workouts. ┬áSome have even claimed feeling a spiritual significance as they circled, looped and flowed within the symbolic circle, a meaning understood throughout most cultures as “the circle of life”. But is there something funny about hula hooping? I think so. When I first tried hula hooping...

Fun in the Snow

Get a little silly with your imagination next time it snows. Instead of making an ordinary snow angel with your kids, add a hula hoop for a halo effect. Most adults think of snow as a burdensome cleanup job and a slippery after the storm accident waiting to happen. Though snowy weather can certainly be dangerous, with careful planning it can be a great excuse to stay off roads and nurture your inner child with some good old fashion fun. Give the gift of Snow Hearts to let others who are also enjoying the snow with you, know just how special they are. Snow fun is limited only by your own creativity. What possibilities can you come up with? Make a snow goddess instead of a snowman. Playing in the snow is another feel good child like activity which can help relieve stress and give you an incredible workout at the same time. If you want to change up your perspective on exercising, instead...

Circling some silly fun around my Christmas Tree

Have you listened to The Chipmunk Song by Alvin & The Chipmunks? That song inspired me while decorating my Christmas tree for the holidays. When I heard the lyric’s “Want a plane that loops the loop, I still want a hula hoop...”. I couldn’t help but to go and get out my best hula hoops. Remember to have silly fun. It will make you and other’s feel great! Thank you Alvin & The Chipmunks for the inspiration!!! The Chipmunk Song by Alvin & The Chipmunks...

Hula Hooping. A different ‘spin’ on exercise or a ‘core’ lesson worth noting?

Your core, or roughly the 35 muscles that surround your spine and pelvic area, are a group of muscles that help support and stabilize your whole body. Strong core muscles work together to hold the body upright, maintain balance and make possible, effortless arm and leg movements. A strong core or the desire to develop a better one, is where the fundamentals of hula hooping begins? Hula hooping is a fun way to exercise but the benefits of developing the skill, can hardly be called ‘child’s play’! I remember when I decided to begin my hula hoop practice in 2010? Determined to find new ‘fun’ things to do, I signed up for a local class. I remember feeling initially awkward and somewhat off center, as I tried to make my hula hoop spin before it eventually dropped to the floor! Watching my instructor as she effortlessly spun and twirled to the music, made me...

Should adults make time for play?

When adults think of play time, they usually think of it as an activity only for kids. In our fast paced over booked modern lives, many of us focus so heavily on work and family commitments that we never make time for simple fun! Yes, play time is essential for a child’s development, but it can be an essential source of relaxation and stimulation for people of all ages! Play can add joy to life, relieve stress, jumpstart learning, connect you to others, fuel your imagination and even release endorphins (the body’s natural feel good chemicals). Finding time to play can also help add creativity to things like work, relationships and solving everyday problems. For studies on adult fun check out this link: http://www.alive.com/health/adult-play/ So what exactly is play and how can we begin the process? In her article titled: “20 Positively Silly Things to Do to Reduce...