Hula hoop for health

my weighted hula hoop from Argos

I have arthritis, I don’t say it often as I try to ignore it, but it’s a big health issue. Wanting to exercise I get so envious of runners because it’s the one thing I would do if I was able.

So on a positive search for something I can do I’ve discovered hula hooping.

Using a weighted hula hoop 10 minutes a day can make a difference to your fitness level and your waist. My hoop is from Argos and cost about £15.

Hooping isn’t a new thing. Not only did we all do it as kids there is evidence the Greeks & Egyptians had hoops. As an excellent form of exercise it helps you to burn calories & tone the muscles of your core for a slim and strong waist. You need to hula hoop for at least 10 minutes at a time every day to get the benefit and 30 minutes is equal to a good aerobic workout.

I’ve done some research looking up all the good factors and health benefits of hula hooping:

It’s a stress buster and produces those feel good endorphins in the brain
Improves balance & posture
Can improve focus & concentration
Good for heart health as it can reduce blood pressure
Burn 210 calories in half an hour
Fat in the waist is difficult to eliminate but regular hula hooping can do it.
Tones your core muscles
Improves joint health
Tones arms & legs

That’s everything I would want in a workout and arthritis shouldn’t stop me, although 30 minutes in one session is probably a bit long for me.

So I’ve started on 10 minutes a day hoping to build up if I can. At first it may hurt but this doesn’t last long. I know some people have bruising initially but I haven’t. I can already feel my stomach muscles working hard to keep the hoop up and I can continually hoop for the whole 10 minutes.

Don’t be put off if the hoop keeps dropping, you really will find your technique if you persist. I set a timer for 10 minutes and it flies by. Put your favourite music on or stand watching TV,  or maybe watch hula hooping on YouTube for encouragement.

Here’s a snippet of me and my hula hoop..

I’m hoping to tone my waist and eventually drop a jeans size, I’ll let you know how I get on.

 

Talk about it Tuesday 23/6/15

Do you know the latest cure for Arthritis is a molecule from a Parasitic worm?

You probably don’t, but I read this stuff all the time.  After 30 years of coping with this condition I now take absolutely no notice.

Over 20 years ago I was given the wonder drug of the time, which nearly killed me. A  side effect of suppressed appetite, weight loss and extreme fatigue was rare and at first denied by clinicians,  after stopping medication the quick return of appetite seemed to confirm  suspicions.

What I have learnt over the years is every drug acts differently on each person, what works for you may not work on me.

Now I am a Mum, older and wiser I make my own choices and decisions. I now talk through ideas and suggestions and it seems to work.  I have a lot of damage to joints but I am well. I don’t dwell on my condition and tailor my life according to how I feel each day.

Around 10 million people in the UK are affected by Arthritis, you can find out more at NRAS

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Wow, this weeks Arthritis cure is….

WOW!  This weeks cure for Arthritis is a molecule from a Parasitic worm!

It seems to me every time I put the news on there is another announcement of a potential Arthritis cure, after 30 years of coping with this condition I now take absolutely no notice.

After my initial diagnosis at 23 I was given the wonder drug of the time, which nearly killed me.

What I have learnt over the years is every drug acts differently on each person, what works for you may not work on me, hence my extreme side effect of weight loss and fatigue leading to fainting spells at 6 1/2 stone. Denied as a side effect by doctors, but appetite & weight started to build a week after stopping the medication.

Now older and wiser I make my own choices and decisions, I have a lot of damage to joints but I feel well, I don’t dwell on my condition and tailor my life according to how I feel.

I do feel sad that my son didn’t know me when I could run around, but he’s known no different and he doesn’t seem to have suffered.

Well, except when he was 3 and got his foot stuck at the top of the soft play construction & I had to ask someone to go up and free him.

So I’ll continue to watch the news, listen with interest, but definitely will not be interested in signing up.

Around 10 million people in the uk are affected,  Do you know anyone with Arthritis?