So after studying up I learned that the children's toy is not what we want anyway. A larger hoop with some heft is easier to spin and more effective. The idea was so appealing that I found out what to look for in a hoop and wound up ordering a beginner's hoop. If I'm not a total disaster, I'll spring for the next level. I even found a hooping event just a couple of miles away which I hope to attend in August, if I get the knack, that is.
So why would a grown-up want a hula hoop anyway? I'll share with you what I've learned. Livestrong.com says weighted hoops are effective at building core strength because you must tighten your ab muscles to counteract the weight of the hoop and the act of swiveling your hips helps with flexibility. The exercise can help reduce your waist and build a stronger core. Easy (I hope) and fun, how can I go wrong? So I'll take my waist measurements and then hula to my heart's content. Perhaps my waistline will reap the benefits.
A hoop between 32 and 45 inches seems to be ideal (depending upon your size) and weighing anywhere between one to 4 pounds. There were some warnings about the heavier hoops causing bruises so I opted for one that is 42" and 1.5 pounds, recommended for beginners. I've seen them priced anywhere from $19.99 up to $150. Mine was on sale for 28.50 - a small investment for exercise equipment and just think of all the fun I'll have.
I'll let you know how it goes... Have any of you tried hooping?