February 27, 2009

A New Work-Out

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.


Anonymous said...

I can't imagine finding a hula hoop I could FIT through to skip with! Are you doing them hunchbacked or are you just that tiny?!

IndyComp0T1 said...

No, I'm not that tiny - just average height! I'm certainly taller than I was when I used to skip with hula-hoops as a child. I now have to scrunch up when I jump through the hoop. I've already whacked myself on the head and just about tripped on my feet while skipping through the hoop, but I think I'm getting the hang of it now. :P