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.


Beating PTSD, from Afghanistan to Archery


How many times have we heard exercise is good for the mind as well as the body.  That’s all well but what if you want to exercise but you’re not into running, going the gym or don’t quite feel bendy enough for yoga.

Well, I’ve found a fab solution for all ages that is engaging, fun and helps build more than just muscle, ARCHERY!


A new club is up and running in Cheshire, Kyujutsu Archery runs from 12pm on Sunday’s at Brookvale Recreation Centre starting with taster sessions/beginners and leading through to experienced club members.

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Exercise resolutions are under way


2015 is flying already, it’s a month since I added my link to the Resolution2015 challenge. Our eat healthy resolution is going well although the husband and My Fitness Pal App have definitely got something going on, he seems to be looking at that more than he does me.

The exercise bike is fab! I have Arthritis and exercising is tricky but the sturdy seat supports me well and the length of the bike can be adjusted easily to suit my partially bending knees. Not one to be left out the ‘bean pole’ teen has also had a try of the bike, I think he’s trying to see if he can cycle whilst playing Fifa15.

I have to admit again the Husband is doing best, 30 minutes 5 times a week and he’s enjoying it, I am too as he chooses 7pm as exercise time, so I watch Emmerdale.

One of the extras we got was a Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor.


Getting the most out of your exercise is really important, you want every heart breaking minute to count. For someone over 50 your heart rate should be between 85 -140 for the exercise to burn most calories.

I look forward to continuing this throughout the year and on the next catch up we’ll see what the Teen has been up to.

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Resolutions and reasons 2015


Being encouraged to think about what I want out of 2015 has made me draw up some resolutions I want to stick to.

1. Eat better, we don’t eat rubbish at meal times but far too many snacks are consumed.  Resolution – Don’t buy snacks!

2. Take a bit more exercise, I have Arthritis so this is a tricky one for me, but I think it has been resolved by the purchase of a Recumbent exercise bike as a christmas present to ourselves.                                                                                                                                Resolution – Use it!

3. Give the Teen more space, this is the most important, but hard for me as I am a worrier. My nearly 15 year old son needs to be out and about more and I always want to say no. Resolution – Say yes!

4. Go through all the clothes in the house that never get worn for whatever reason. Donate them, sell them or swap them.                                                                                                                Resolution – Clear out!

So there they are, not a long list but a much needed list.

I’ve linked up with Hayley at and will be sharing an honest monthly update to let you know how I’m getting on.