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How to Hoop Your Way to Summer Fun and Health!

Although hula hooping has been popular for decades and history even suggests that it’s been around for thousands of years, it’s made a recent resurgence in the fitness world. With good reason – hooping has amazing health benefits and it’s just good old-fashioned  fun!

Now don’t stop reading because you think you “can’t hoop” or you’re “too old” or you’ve “already tried and just can’t do it.”

Because YOU CAN DO THIS!! I’ll be sharing a little personal testimony at the end of this article and, trust me: if I can do it – you can do it!

Besides, it’s a fun and old-fashioned summertime activity with the kids.


Get your swing going together, burn a few calories (and you’d be surprised how many of those babies you can burn between laughing uproariously and bending down to pick it up as you’re getting the hang of it…), and afterwards, you’re ready for a dip in the pool!

Now THAT’s a summertime exercise program I can do!

Get your swing going together, burn a few calories (and you'd be surprised how many of those babies you can burn between laughing uproariously and bending down to pick it up as you're getting the hang of it...), and afterwards, you're ready for a dip in the pool! Now THAT's a summertime exercise program I can do!

And just so you know it’s worth it, here are some of the health benefits of hooping:

  • Hooping burns fat. Large muscles of the body are engaged when hooping. This causes higher blood flow and increased heart rate. Your body will burn fat to fuel those muscles.
  • Hooping burns calories. Research shows that hooping can burn as many calories as boot-camp classes, step aerobics, and cardio kickboxing! We’re talkin’ approximately 70 calories every 10 minutes. Hooping makes the body work hard for its oxygen, but it’s low impact so that there’s less chance of injury to your joints.
  • Hooping increases your energy level. Because of the increased flow of blood to the brain, you’ll feel an instant boost in your energy level. It’s as reviving as a short nap. (Who doesn’t need that?!)
  • Hooping tones and shapes. The muscles in your thighs, rear, and abdomen are stretched from the pushing-pulling motion used to keep the hoop rotating. This will give strength and definition to those areas.
  • Hooping promotes emotional well-being. Hooping just makes you feel good – plain & simple. Most of us haven’t hooped in years so we’re pulled from our “comfort zone” just from choosing to pick up the hoop to give it a try. Realizing that we can do this is an amazing feeling. And once your body becomes comfortable with keeping the hoop in motion, you’ll be challenged to stretch yourself even further and learn to do new things with your hoop…like hoop dancing!

I decided to try my hand at hooping several years ago when I wanted to get in shape after battling (and conquering!) breast cancer. My body wasn’t ready for the gym yet and I wanted a fun way to start getting back in shape that my kids and I could enjoy together.

Hula hooping was the perfect solution.

I encountered a slight problem, though…I couldn’t keep the hula hoop going around my waist. At all. None. Not even one rotation. I figured out very quickly that the toy store hula hoop wasn’t going to cut it! My adult body needed an adult sized hoop. Not being able to find one at any store in town and discouraged by the prices I encountered online, I decided to make my own.

With the right sized hoop and a little bit of practice this rhythmically-challenged, slightly older lady was a hooping maniac. (And yes, even my mom could do it – pictured below!)

Don’t have a hoop? Many athletic stores are now selling adult-sized hula hoops.  And if you’re a real fan of DIY, you could always make your own, like I did (and do!).  Of course, Amazon always comes to the rescue, as well! The important thing? Start!

Get exercise, have fun, and make some special summer memories in the process…

Have fun…and have a great summer!

We are linking up with PlaygroundParkBench to participate in their 30 Summer Throwback Kids Activities. Follow the whole series by clicking on their “Summer Like It’s 1993” image below!


Hula Hoop Your Way to Fun and Health This Summer!



Candy is a southern girl who enjoys the simple things in life. Dirt road drivin’, Sunday afternoon nappin’, back yard swingin’, and sunset watchin’ are a few of the things that make her smile. She’s been married to her best friend and the love of her life for almost 25 years and is navigating motherhood with her 4 children, aged 23, 19, 14, & 11. Homeschooling for over 18 years now, she is also a bit of a word-nerd (ok, maybe more than a “bit” – she actually considers making lists of homophones to be entertaining), a lover of books and chocolate, a survivor of cancer, an author, and a hula hoop maker.

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23 Responses to How to Hoop Your Way to Summer Fun and Health!

  1. Seasonal Blog Joy Group July 13, 2016 at 9:04 am #

    I love this! Great way to loosen up and have fun! Thanks for adding to our SEASONAL BLOG HOP JOY!~*

    • Pat July 13, 2016 at 10:08 am #

      It really IS, Arianne! Once I got over myself and just decided to enjoy it…I found I actually COULD keep the thing going! And it’s tons more fun when you do it with some friends 😉

  2. Bonnie Way July 6, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

    This caught my eye because it looks like so much fun! I don’t think I’ve hooped since I was a kid but I can totally see it would be a great workout. 🙂 We did have some hula hoops for a while but I finally got rid of them because they caused squabbles between my girls… or someone would get hurt by them… I might have to try it again! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • Candy July 6, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

      Oh, I do hope you give it another shot, Bonnie! You won’t be sorry. 🙂

  3. Cindy July 2, 2016 at 7:51 am #

    I was the hoola hoop queen when I was a kid! I haven’t tired that in YEARS! Maybe it’s time! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. Debbie June 19, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

    What I need are tips on how to do it! Even when I was a kid I couldn’t do it. Thanks for sharing at the Blogger’s Pit Stop.
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    • Pat June 21, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

      I’m tellin’ ya…the quality of the hoop has everything to do with it! I never could do it when I was a kid, either. But the newer and heavier “adult” hoops are SO much easier!! After that…it’s just practice 😉

    • Candy June 22, 2016 at 11:05 am #

      Yep, the hoop size and quality makes a huge difference! If you still need a little help, this video should be just the ticket: Hula Hoop Basics. It was super helpful for me when I started. 🙂

  5. Terri Presser May 8, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    What a great idea. I never did much hooping as a child, maybe I should start now. Thanks for sharing your journey with us at Good Morning Mondays . Blessings

  6. Jessie May 6, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    When I saw the photo I had to click on over from a Little R & R link Party and read the post. I’m so glad I did! I did not know the health benefits of hooping. How long do you hoop at a time? I have hooping on my WIFit. I actually like it, but I haven’t done it in SO long. Now I’m encouraged to pick it back up. CONGRATULATIONS on beating cancer. I’m so happy to read this.

    • Candy May 6, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

      I usually hoop at least 10 minutes at a time. I try to hoop no less than 20 minutes 5 days a week. If time allows, I shoot for more. WiiFit is fun, but there’s nothing like the real deal! 🙂

  7. Sharon Rowe May 5, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    I haven’t thought about them in years! Thanks for bringing back some great memories! Visiting from How To Get Organized At Home via Cornerstone Confessions.

    • Candy May 5, 2015 at 11:08 am #

      So glad you stopped by, Sharon! I seriously hope you’ll consider picking up a hoop again. You’ll love it! 🙂

  8. Ricki @ The Questionable Homesteader May 4, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    OK I’m inspired! Just checked out how to make the hoop (and I think I have everything I need at the house to make one) and am going to give this a try. I checked out some videos to see what I’ve been doing wrong in the past and think I’ve figured it out (bring the butt in…) and think that if I keep at it I should be able to do this.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Candy May 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

      Yay!! Love that you were inspired! 🙂 A quick squat and butt-bump help me get my hoop back up most of the time. It won’t take you long to figure out what’ll work best for you. 🙂

  9. Kerri May 4, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    Oh, how wonderful to see this article!!! My girls and I just took up hooping a couple of months ago. My daughter bought some supplies for her birthday last summer. It took us forever to get around to making them (like 6 months later!!). But ever since, we have been having a blast. And what a wonderful way that all of my kiddos (save the 15 month old) can do *together*. I plan on putting up some posts about it as well. I wrote a short one most recently. I have a child who is very uncoordinated, and hooping is really building his confidence as he tackles learning new skills. So glad you have found this fun activity.


    • Candy May 4, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

      So glad y’all are enjoying your hoops! There are lots of cool videos on YouTube that you can watch for learning new tricks and stuff too. Have fun!!

  10. Jenny May 4, 2015 at 6:49 am #

    I remember being young and my friends and I would play for hours with our hula hoops. I have not tried one in tears. It’s time to try it out. Thank you.

    • Candy May 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

      Oh, Jenny, you’re gonna love it! It’s so much fun! If you could hoop when you were a kid, then you should have no problem getting back in the “swing of things”! 🙂

  11. Elizabeth April 5, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    OK — you’ve inspired me to get back to learning to do this! I have my beautiful hoop in my bedroom and got discouraged and quit trying. 🙁 So, I will get it back out and try, try again! 🙂

    Question – are you still selling these? Or will you be again soon?


    • Candy April 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

      Don’t give up, Elizabeth! You can do it. 🙂 Most ladies I’ve worked with take to hooping very easily and some have to work a little harder, but ALL of them have eventually gotten it. And love it!
      I do still sell hoops…I don’t do any advertising and I no longer maintain the website. I take orders as they come in either through word of mouth or through the facebook page.

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