Hah! You didn’t really think you were going to get away without a blog on exercise during women’s month… did you? (No! Power posing does not count as exercise.)
Exercising releases those endorphins that make you feel happy and lessen the perception of pain. Apparently it does not matter how long you exercise for to release those hormones – the effect is the same, whether you go for an hour long jog or jog on the spot for ten minutes.
If cycling, jogging or gym is your thing – then great – you don’t have to read any further. However, if you are one of those ladies who groan at the thought of doing some physical activity – then this is for you.
Hula hoop people!
It’s the most awesome activity that the whole family can do.
It strengthens core muscles and improves posture no end, in addition to shaving centimetres off the squidgy bits of body and defining leg muscles.
Kids can happily use the normal hula hoops that you find easily in shops.
But ladies… here’s the good part – you can make your own, extra-large hula hoop, very cheaply!
Toddle off to the local hardware store (or nursery) and buy five metres of 25mm black piping. Yup – the stuff that gets used in the garden or irrigation. At the same time, get a 25mm connector and some insulation tape.
Lay the piping down in the sun for an hour or so to soften it slightly. Then chop off approximately 50cm from either end.
Boil the kettle, pour some boiling water into a mug and quickly dip each end of the piping into the water, then plug them together with the connector whilst the plastic is still soft.
Voila! You have a huge hoop.
You are probably going to look at it and gasp… NO WAYS CAN I USE THAT THING!!
But try it. Go on. Try. You’ll see that hula hooping with an enormous hoop is much easier than one of those small ones.
Taping it up to look pretty is optional. It does make it a little heavier, which is even better for losing weight.
Whilst you are hooping, you can do arm exercises to further tone up.
Or mediate and plan your day.
Let’s all BE who we ARE ladies.