Adults put their hip into hooping

Hula hooping is growing in popularity among adults

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 12:31 17/12/2012
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HOOPING: Event organiser Anne-Marie Emerson has been hooping for about nine months.

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Previously a childhood pastime, playing with a hula hoop is growing in popularity among adults in Palmerston North.

To mark World Hoop Day, held last Wednesday, a group of hoop enthusiasts were in The Square on Saturday encouraging young and old to give it a go.

A steady stream of people came over to give hula hoops a try while the Manawatu Standard was there. Event organiser Anne-Marie Emerson said she had been hooping for about nine months and actively promoted the pastime in Whanganui where she lived.

She got into hooping after being impressed by videos on the internet of people hula-hooping and the tricks they could do.

"I could never hoop as a kid," she said. "I read about it online and thought I'd give it a go. I saw some videos and thought, ‘I've got to try that'."

Miss Emerson teaches hooping classes in Whanganui and came to Palmerston North on Saturday to help grow interest in hooping with members of Massey University's Fire Club and the Swamp City roller derby club.

Hooping was great for core muscle strength and cardio fitness - and it did not feel like exercise, she said. "It's a very accessible form of fitness. It's a lot of fun."

She said there were not many adults hooping in New Zealand, and they were largely confined to cities, but interest was growing.

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- Manawatu Standard

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