photo of Liz Barber by Toastography
If you’ve ever seen a hula hooping video go viral on Facebook, it might remind you of back when you were 10 years old and could hula hoop forever, and then you wonder, “Well why can’t I hula hoop anymore?”
And then you feel really old.
Because you mistakenly assume that you either have to be a 10 year old kid or in extremely good physical shape to learn how to hula hoop.
Honestly, I’ve heard it all. All the reasons why people think they can’t hula hoop.
- You could never do it as a kid.
- Or if you could, you haven’t done it since you were a kid.
- You’re too old,
- Or too fat,
- Or you have a bad back.
- You have no rhythm.
- You could just never get the hang of it.
- You don’t have the hips for it.
The truth is, none of these are valid reasons for not hula hooping.
I’m 35. I never could hoop in my life until I was almost 30 years old. I’m also not petite. I’ve been considered overweight for most of my life, and I was much larger when I learned how to hula hoop.
When I was a kid, I always thought it was my weight holding me back. If only I knew then what I know now, my entire life would have been different.
Okay, so if none of these reasons are why you can’t hoop, what IS the reason?
“Why can’t I hula hoop anymore?”
I’m going to give you three answers to this question.
Your hoop is way too small. If you bought it at Walmart, Target, or the dollar store, give it to your kid and order a properly sized adult one right now. The hoops sold in stores are made for children’s bodies, not your fully grown one. Because you can’t get hoops large enough for adult beginners in big box stores, Ruby Hooping hand-crafts hula hoops in custom sizes based on your height, waist size, and goals.
So it’s just not true that you can’t hula hoop!
Trust me, there is a very simple solution to why your hula hoop keeps falling down.
You just need the right size hoop!
Don’t waste your money on so-called exercise hoops sold in the chain stores. They are usually still too small in diameter for most adults, and often so heavy that they pose a great risk of damaging your internal organs. You can read more on this subject here.
The amount of space between your body and the hoop is the most important factor in learning how to hula hoop.
However, a large, moderately weighted hoop will move around your body at a slower pace that you can keep up with, while still engaging your core and getting your heart rate up to optimum calorie burning levels.
Reason #2 Why You Can’t Hula Hoop Anymore
You’re not being patient with yourself. Instead of asking why you can’t hula hoop anymore, tell yourself you are in the process of learning to hula hoop.
Hooping will not only make your body healthy and strong, but it will also hone your mental dexterity. Hula hooping does not come to those who want to rush carelessly through the process. It requires focus, patience, and determination.
Even a hoop that is custom sized for you may not spin effortlessly around your waist the first time you try. Through daily practice, even for just a few minutes, your muscles build memory that help you know what to do. Over time, you will be delighted to see that you can hula hoop!
You haven’t invested in all the best tools for the job. Though a hula hoop is the only prop you need to start hula hooping again, there are additional small investments that can make your journey a lot more fulfilling, not to mention help you learn faster.
There are a lot of courses to choose from online, and tons of free tutorials on Youtube.
I took pretty much all of her courses when I started so I can personally vouch for their quality and helpfulness. I’d love to make my own online classes for you guys, but I just don’t have the time, and she already has an amazingly huge catalog of courses to choose from. (Added bonus: you’ll feel like she’s your best friend by the time you’re done!)
Stop asking yourself “why can’t I hula hoop anymore”. By doing so, you are telling a story that you end up believing.
Start telling a different story, one in which you can do anything you put your mind to.
I believe in you and I know you can believe in yourself, too.