Last month I bought myself a balance dome, and it has been great for developing abdominal strength. I still use it quite a bit, but I'm always looking for something new to shake up the work-out routine. A couple of weeks back, I thought of getting a hula-hoop to kick up the ab workout a notch. Today, I finally got around to getting one - at Toys R Us! It only cost about $3. I tried it out as soon as I got home.
I might have used a hula-hoop as a kid, but that was a long time ago. As a 29-year-old picking up a hula-hoop for the first time in probably 20 years or so, it was both awkward and frustrating. I finally did get the hang of it, and I did get the super-awesome workout that I'd envisioned. It brought back so many memories from my childhood! I even re-discovered another great little workout (though when you're a kid, you probably don't think of it as a workout) - using the hula-hoop as a skipping rope. If you're a girl reading this, you probably know what I'm talking about; it's a bit hard to describe without a visual aid.
I'm sure I look like a total dork with my hula-hoop, but oh well. You can't win 'em all, can you? After doing some Googling this evening, I found out that there are actual work-out hula-hoops. They are special, heavy-duty, weighted hula-hoops, and they even come with accompanying workout videos. Go figure.
I may someday get myself a fancy workout hula-hoop, but for now, I'm perfectly happy with my blue kiddie hula-hoop.