By Najla Amundson
Last night I hula hooped.
In front of 400 of my colleagues, their families, and my boss.
I know. What was I thinking? Do you know anyone who can hula hoop gracefully?
Yeah. Me neither.
The only reason I did it was… I was at my company sponsored 5k event last night – and it happened to include a hula hoop station set up with timers… and I happened to be there with my 9-year-old son who happened to insist that I hula hoop with him.
Thirteen minutes later, when the hoop finally (and thankfully) fell off my waist, I was sweaty, sore, exhausted… and surprisingly energized. Not to mention, pretty dang proud of my mid-40ish self.
So this morning, when I got to work, I got to thinking, “I wonder if that hula hooping did me any good?”
I am happy to report – IT DID! It DOES! You can hula hoop your way to not only a whittled down waist, but a better mood! There are so many sites that offer you exercise routines – I even found a blog for hooping devotees called hooping.org.
Here are the benefits:
- Improved cardiovascular endurance & stamina
- Core and muscle strength
- Positive emotional health
- Proper back and joint function
I didn’t know this either, but there are all types of hula hoops you can buy – like weighted ones.
An added benefit to all this for me was — my son was incredibly impressed with my hula hooping ability. It’s not too often a mom can impress her 9-year-old.
Najla Amundson is public relations manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.