Yes, hooping is exercise.

Yes, I realize I am plus size but that doesn't always mean I'm dying to lose weight.

I was asked last night, "how much weight have you lost with this hooping thing?"
  I answered truthfully, "no." 
They replied, "I thought hooping was the perfect exercise."

Yeah, I'm sure it is when you don't eat like a pig.  I will admit that I am eating out way too much.  Right now I do not even want to think about losing weight.  I preempted the conversation by saying, "I know how to lose weight and I don't want to right now."  I guess that makes me awful?  I have too much on my plate right now.  I don't want to lose weight.  I want to be happy.  I want to focus on my flow toys.

I'd rather spend some time being fat and really learning my body as is. In this day and age, you have to be doing something silly like hula hooping for exercise.  I've mentioned it a few times to people and they only assume it's exercise.  Sometimes I'll mumbled, "yeah, exercise."  Other times, I try to explain that it's more than that.  The problem is that I don't know exactly why I hula hoop.  Why did this latch on?  I'm past that "gotta prove this to myself" time, aren't I?

I'm not doing it for exercise.  I'm doing it for me.  For my mind.  For my back.  For my happiness.  I'm going out and meeting new people.  I'm so thankful for this hobby and passion.  It's introducing me to so many great people and things.  I'm utterly thankful.  The hooping community is where I belong.  I feel home here.

I'm happy with myself at this time.  After we transition with the move, John and I will be eating more healthy.  No eating out after that.  I'll be able to have a garden one day.  I'll be able to hoop any time I want and exercise.  I plan on putting some yoga and barre work to help my hooping. 

Yes, hooping is exercise, but it's more than that.  It's life-changing


  1. You hoop because you're a hooper. You found passion in the hoop. Exercise doesn't necessarily mean weight loss, either ~ you're getting into better cardio shape & probably building your endurance, so even if you aren't shedding the pounds, it's helping you become healthier in the long run. :)

  2. True. I guess a part of me doesn't want to truly think of it as exercise in fear that I will start to hate it.

  3. i can bristle at the 'exercise' sentiment often times as well. It's all some people see about the hoop - and i want to yell - ITS ART NOT EXERCISE! haha. but the fact that you do it for your own reasons is the most important part. It's more exercise for my mind than my body to me at this point :)


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