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I remember hula hoops well from my childhood as they were very popular even all that long ago so when my nephews said they had never used a hula hoop before but they would like to have a go I was straight onto Amazon to see what I could find. I decided on a medium size and ended up buying this set of Witzigs four hoops for £12 with free delivery.
You get four hoops one of each in lovely bright colours of green, yellow, blue and red and although they are quite light to hold they seem to be well made and there are no rough edges or bits of plastic sticking out for you to catch your clothing or fingers.
You can use these indoors or out and as they are made of a strong plastic you could leave them outside in the garden so you don’t have to find room for them in the house, I actually keep mine in the store room which is attached to the house so they are easily accessible for using both in the house and the garden.
These hoops have been played with numerous times and they older ones have a competition to see who can get the most rotates before it falls to the floor. The two younger ones can’t really keep the hoop up but they still have a good time trying and I am sure that eventually they will be able to do it. These hoops have not shown hardly any wear or tear apart from some slight scratches where they have been dragged across the patio but you can only see this if you look close and they are still smooth to the touch.
The correct way to use a hula hoop is to hold the hoop in your hands and then put one foot slightly in front of the other one and then just start to sway from side to side rather than using a circular motion. When you have a good rhythm going start to spin the hoop in the direction which you want it to go and then continue to move your hips from side to side. If you feel that the hoop is starting to fall down then you just need to increase the swaying movement and if you get it just right the hoop will work its way back up to your waist. Having said that it isn’t easy if you have never done it before and it certainly took me some time to get it but like riding a bike, once you’ve learned you’ll never forget how to do it and it really is great exercise and also great fun.
Early last winter Alice announced that she needed two Hula Hoops so she could take part in the school talent show - this was at the beginning of November and I couldn't find even a single Hula Hoop in my local shops, eventually having to look online and finding this pack of four Hoops available from an Amazon seller for £12 including postage.
My pack comprised one of each red, blue, green and yellow Hula Hoops as is currently shown on the Amazon website - I'm unsure whether this is how EVERY single order will be fulfilled as the seller does specify that colours may vary. The only colour Alice specifically needed was the red one so we were happy when this was included (I suspected this colour would be popular enough to be in each set), she picked herself another one and we gave the other two Hula Hoops to Hollie.
The Hoops are ever so slightly smaller than the one we already own, making them ideal for four year old Hollie but not particularly suitable for those of you who are looking to buy Hula Hoops for adult use (fitness and weight loss reasons). Alice, at thirteen, is practically adult-sized and she noticed the Hoops were closer to her body than ones she's used previously - although this was perfect for her needs regarding the talent show so it wasn't an issue. According to Amazon the diameter of these Hula Hoops is 600mm, which I'll have to take their word about as I'm not going outside to measure up for myself!
The Hoops are made of a rigid plastic which feels smooth to the touch and is very comfortable to Hula Hoop with - I love to have a play with these things myself and confirm these are as good as any I've used before. None of the four have split or become warped despite the fact that they've been heavily used and stored outside unprotected from the elements for six months, I've noticed patches of fading on the green Hoop but this isn't the case with the rest of them and all this fading has done is given the Hoop a quirky camouflage look! The 'seam' (ie, where the two ends of plastic meet to form the Hoop) is welded closed and I seriously cannot see that this is going to give way anytime soon, the plastic itself is also extremely robust and has not split or cracked during the time my kids have been using them.
These are loads of fun, if you haven't Hula Hooped since you were a child then I suggest you have a go NOW! Buying this pack of four Hoops means there's enough for family Hula Hooping sessions, unless you have a larger than average family as I do, which not only means that children can get out and enjoy the fresh air but also gives adults a bit of exercise whilst managing to disguise it as fun!
We have been watching Britain's Got Talent and then America's Got Talent and I really like the variety show kind of acts. There were a few acts on there doing tricks with hula hoops and I was telling my granddaughter how I used to have one of them when I was little. She went on and on at me how she would like to have some of her own as they have some at school in the playground to play with and she enjoyed playing with them but wanted to show me how she could do it.
I didn't really know where they would sell them these days and as I can't get to Toys R Us or any of the other big toy stores I thought I would have a look on line.
I was well happy to find this set of hoops on Amazon as I already have an account with them so I ordered a set. The cost me about £12 for the set of four hoops which I thought was not a bad price and I had some vouchers anyway so I didn't feel like I was paying for them. You get four hoops too, all a different colour so worked out about £3 a hoop.
It was granddaughter's birthday at the weekend and I gave her the hoops along with her other presents. I couldn't wrap them up as they were too difficult to wrap so I just told her to shut her eyes and then got them out for her. Her little face was a picture. Within minutes she was showing me how she could twist it round her belly and keep it up for quite a long while. Then the boys had to have a go so they got another hoop each and they were all doing it. The most embarrassing time was when they asked me to show them how I used to do it when I was at school. I have put on quite a bit of weight since then and I was worried I would get the hoop stuck lol as I bought the smaller ones for her. I had a quick go at it and they all had a right laugh, luckily none of the adults thought to have their phones handy to record the incident and splash it all over the internet. I couldn't really do it though, my size was letting me down badly with the smaller hoop and my body is a bit stiffer these days so I couldn't even get it going. I did manage to twirl it around my arm though lol, without it spinning off over the next doors garden.
Granddaughter is now determined to learn how to do two hoops at once and is currently practicing hard with whats left of the school holidays. I would recommend these hoops to anyone with children or grandchildren. it gets them moving and out of doors and is a lot of fun at the same time as exercising. You can buy a larger hoop which measures 900 cm diameter (these ones are 600 cm diameter) if you have older kids or want to give it a try yourself. They work out about £3 more and they also sell them on Amazon.
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Ahh don't you remeber the days when the craze was hula hoops? They were so fun and yet so simple but now since technology has taken over no kids ever actually play with these nowadays.
I remeber when I had hula hoops like these and I couldn't stop playing with them. I had a lot of fun and played various different games with them such as seeing how long a could hula hoop for or using it is a swivel hopper.
Hula hoops come in many different colours you get any colour you wanted. Some are thin and some are chunky. The hula hoops I had were very thin and I found them easier to play with. Occasionally I might still pick up a hula hoop and start spinning.
It is a great way to keep fit. Screw paying £££ for a gym member ship. This can really get your muscles working and can easily tone your body.
Hula hoops usually cost £5 per hoop. I think this is a little expensisve as not all kids are going to be wowed with them as they can't compete with an xbox but I really do think you should get one.
A great way to keep fit
A blast from the past
Pack of 4 hula hoops made by us in Fakenham to an extremely high standard. The extra thick tube wall and the strong joint make this product extremely durable in the toughest conditions.