Spinning that hula hoop

One of the challenges in Go Fit Girl’s April Monthly Challenge is to rock that hula hoop.

According to this article on Healthy.com, we are all as cool as the First Lady. And we know how cool Michelle Obama is. And I can guarantee she can rock that hoop.

The article also says, doing any combination of hula-hoop moves for 30 minutes will have you burn 150 to 250 calories.

I am pretty good with the hula hoop. I haven’t maxed out on time yet–I usually stop myself even though I know I could keep on going. But after just five minutes I can definitely feel it in my abs, but especially in my obliques.

The Health.com article also gives tips on how to hula hoop. I think the advice is pretty good.

Here are tips on the Forward Stance: Stand inside the hoop with your right foot (or left foot–whatever feels comfortable) forward, holding the hoop against your lower back. Keeping your pelvis tucked, shoulders squared, and chest lifted, bend your knees slightly and give the hoop a good counterclockwise spin around your waist, making sure it’s level. To keep the hoop moving, shift your weight quickly between your … Continue reading

Full workout at home

My routine was completely out of whack this week.

I got sick on Sunday and even though I felt better on Monday I decided to skip the gym and make sure I was back to healthy. (Plus I had a fever on Sunday, which broke Sunday night or Monday morning, and didn’t want to infect anyone else.)

Tuesday I hit my regular yoga class. Wednesday I had to stay at work later and planned to hit a later yoga class. But once I got home I was beat and had some work to do.

Thursday and Friday I had a training in the city (San Francisco). It went until 5 on Thursday and I knew I would never make my 6 p.m. spin class. I decided to wear a camisole tank top under my blouse. I shoved my flip flops and yoga pants into my purse (yup, it pays to have a big purse). I went straight from the BART station to the yoga studio with about 5 minutes to spare and quickly changed into my yoga clothes for class.

Last night Curt and I had a dinner to attend and I likely would not have made the evening … Continue reading

April Monthly Challenge: Hoops, ropes, jumps & protein

When I posted in February about hula hooping at work for a Wellness Fair some of my readers got excited and wanted this as a challenge. Because I assume most people don’t have hula hoops around I wanted to give a heads up to my readers to go out and buy a hula hoop and jump rope, if they wanted.

I recently visited Toys R Us and am armed with a hula hoop and jump rope.

So for Go Fit Girl!’s April Monthly Challenge, your challenges are:

Exercise: Old school exercise. Let’s go back to being a kid. Let’s hula hoop and jump rope.

If you can’t hula hoop at all April is your chance to aim to get that hoop to go around your waist at least 10 consecutive times. Practice this a few times a week. Once you hit that goal, build from there with trying 20 and so on. If you can already hula, set your goal to go for a minute, 2, 5, 10 …

When hula hooping, remember it is all in the waist and hips. Other body parts do not need to be involved. This Hula Hoop Basics Video is pretty good. … Continue reading

Comment Contest Tuesday winners announced

Thanks, ladies for the awesome and fun comments about old school “exercise.”

Last week’s Comment Contest Tuesday challenged readers to come up with old school exercises they do now, did when they were kids, their kids do or the neighborhood kids do. (This is to get us in preparation for April’s Monthly Challenge–think hula hooping and jumping rope.)

Out of all the awesome comments below (and more–see full comments at link here) a random drawing was done and some of the ladies won a little prize.

The following commenters were picked from a random drawing: Jen F. and Andrea both won a Toys R Us gift card to buy their own hula hoop and Alicia and Monica and Brenda won a jump rope.

Jen C. and Nicole M., I appreciate your comments and participation.

You and all of my readers still have time to head out and get your old school hula hoops and jump ropes for next month’s Monthly Challenge.

Some of the old school exercises friends/readers mentioned are:

Comment Contest Tuesday goes old school

Cinderella dressed in yella went upstairs to kiss a fella … made a mistake and kissed a snake … how many doctors did it take … 1 2 3 …

I am already thinking about Go Fit Girl!’s April Monthly Challenge.

A few of my readers were excited about my hula hoop post and were hoping for a challenge associated with the hula hoop. OK, in order to get ready for next month’s challenge many of you likely gotta go shopping.

I braved Toys R Us/Babies R Us on the way home tonight. I must really love you guys because I HATE that store.

I found some jump ropes and a fun pink, sparkly hula hoop, which I discovered once home that it is a Wave Hoop, filled with liquid. The Wave Hoop website says the patented liquid core makes hooping 10 times easier than a regular hoop. I am pretty good with the hula hoop and frankly, I didn’t notice it being any easier.

As I purchased a hula hoop for myself I also saw jump ropes on sale. Ideas were coming to me and I decided before you go buy your hula hoops, let’s have a Comment … Continue reading

Burning calories, having fun while hula hooping

On Wednesday and Thursday my company hosted a Wellness Fair.

Biometrics (blood pressure, glucose, BMI, cholesterol, etc.) were taken along with consultation and advice from nurses.

The Wellness Fair had booths from our various insurance providers, dental provider, eye care provider, Mental Health Network and for cooking demonstrations, Cross Fit and Yoga representation. And the Wellness Committee represented with a booth, which I personally thought was the best booth.

I am part of the Wellness Committee. Our booth had a “Wheel of Fortune,” where you could spin the wheel and answer a question about health/nutrition/wellness correctly and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win an iPad mini.

There was a second chance to win as well with the hula hoop. Get the hoop around any body part 10 times for another entry into the drawing.

For me hula hooping is pretty easy. I enjoy it and find it fun. I figured it had to be pretty good exercise. So, of course, that meant I had to do a little research.

Apparently there are bonafide hula hoop routines. This routine seems pretty good.

I found a Hoop Boot Camp routine on YouTube. The term Boot Camp might be … Continue reading