I've been hooping for 7 years, and I've heard it all. Reasons why people can't do it, reasons why it's stupid, etc. Have you heard these? Or worse, are you telling them?
1. "I tried to use a hoop at Wal Mart and couldn't do it, so that's it for me."
Sigh. Anyone who has been hooping for even 1 day has probably heard this. While "techy" hooping is a big thing right now (which requires smaller hoops) and on body hooping isn't as much anymore, when someone new hears about our favorite hobby, they want the hoop to move around their waist. You GOTTA have a bigger hoop. You wouldn't ride a tricycle, so don't expect success with a kid hoop. My favorite starter hoops are the 160 PSI, 3/4 inch tubing ones, (make your own here! www.hoopcubed.com/diy-hoop.html). The bigger and heavier, the easier to move around the body!
2. "Hula hooping is for hippies."
Yes, a lot of hippies hula hoop. So do a lot of middle aged women. So do a lot of guys. A lot of grandmas crochet. Would we say that younger people can't? Of course not. It's easy to let society tell us what is and is not "appropriate". Do whatever you want. 40 and want to hoop? Awesome! 50 and want a tattoo? Awesome! 20 and want to bird watch? Awesome! Never let the opinions of others stop you from doing ANYTHING, when you do so, they win. And we cannot have that.
3. "Hula hooping is for kids".
People who say this WANT to play. Desperately. But they've found their walls, don't think it's appropriate for them. We NEED to play more. Not Candy Crush or video games, but outside with toys that have no batteries (except our LED hoops of course lol). I have never seen someone hula hoop and not smile. It's not possible. Help these people y'all. They want in, they just don't know it.
4. "Hula hooping isn't real exercise".
Actually of course it is. Hula hooping raises your heart rate to the same level as boot camp fitness classes. You can burn over 400 calories an hour (www.acefitness.org/about-ace/press-room/1208/ace-reveals-findings-on-hula-hooping-workouts). It raises endorphins and works lots of muscles at once. We are programmed to hate exercise so much, that something that's actually fun and healthy doesn't even register on our radars.
5. "I'll look like a fool if I even try".
Actually yes, that may be true. But don't we all look like fools in the beginning of something? It's a toy for goodness sake. It's not serious. Its silly. Don't we all need a little bit more silly in life? Don't be afraid to be a beginner at something.
Bottom line? Like I said before, people find their walls. Help them break them down and offer a hoop. You're not just spreading good health, you're spreading joy and fun. Too much is never enough :)