The hooping was therapeutic and filming it pulled me out of a sad funk. Reflecting on these past four weeks of hooping, I'll admit I've come a long way. I haven't been able to devote hours a day to practice or else I might be further along. But I'll also admit that if I weren't doing this for a sponsored blogger challenge, I probably would've given up by Week 2! It definitely wasn't easy or natural to learn and I got plenty of bruises; see pic at right just from filming the video below.
As adults, I think we get comfortable in our ways and branch out less, especially with activities that are far beyond our everyday realm. Consider how many New Year's resolutions we make and break; maybe we don't have a strong enough reason to follow through? Having accountability through this public blog and Michele and a contract with Harvard Pilgrim forced me to keep going, and I'm glad I did because the hooping finally grew on me and I plan to keep at it. Mentally I'm stronger too, after pushing through insecurities and frustration at lack of progress. Peeking at Michele's inspiring post this week, it looks like she had similar thoughts about the benefits of accountability. In the video below, I used several moves from a beginner's YouTube video by Hoop Fusion. It combines a few easy tricks with toning exercises. The great thing about hooping is that you become so focused on keeping the hoop up and trying again and again that before you know it, you've spent 30-60 minutes exercising!
I'd encourage you to challenge yourself. Find something that you want to accomplish but that will take some stretching and discomfort to get there. Most importantly have strong accountability to someone who will see you to the end and maybe a special incentive or reward waiting for you. I guarantee that you won't regret it, and you'll walk away with greater self-confidence to do even more unusual and awesome things!
Disclosure: I've partnered with Harvard Pilgrim onthis sponsored post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. You can find more ways to be well at HarvardPilgrim.org/CountUsIn.