What comes to mind when you think of a hula hoop? The plastic child-hood toy you played with when you were a kid? I can remember my first hula hoop my mother bought me when I was a kid. My sister and I would play for hours in the back yard during the summer. We would twirl the hoop around our waist and toss it over our heads. It's no wonder we were so skinny back then.
Well, the hula hoop of today is not the same as the one you played with as a child. Today's hoops are bigger and heavier, which makes them much easier to keep in motion. It has put a new playful spin on fitness. Now, you see adults using the hula hoop for cardio exercise. Fitness clubs such as Bally's and Curves offer hoop classes for any one who wants to get a good core workout.
Hula hooping has been making a comeback in recent years. You may think this is just another fad that will come and go like the rest. But, the hula hoop has existed before during ancient times.
Like the wise man King Solomon once said: "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."
This is so true with the hula hoop. It is being presented in a new way.... with a new twist.
No one can really lay claim to inventing the hula hoop because it is an ancient invention. It pre-dates the 1950's hula hoop by several thousand years. The earliest known incidence of hooping was in ancient Egypt as early as 1000 BC, where children used large hoops made of grape vines, which they rolled along the ground propelled by sticks, or swung around their waists -- the precursor to the modern day hoop. The ancient Greeks, also, used hooping as a form of exercise.
So you see, the hoop has a long history and I have a feeling it will be around many years to come.