Have you ever tried hoola hooping as an adult? I was surprised fo find out how difficult it was! As a child it was easy breezy but nowadays it's a different story. The children's versions are too light for our big bodies anyway so we need something more heavy. You could put sand in it, or, you stumble upon them at the Gezondheidsbeurs or other health fair and buy one that is affordable. I've seen hoops for about 60 euro! I did the test on the spot during the Gezondheidsbeurs (Health Fair) in Utrecht with a 1,5 kg. version and it was not too bad so I bought the 1,8 kg. version so I could challenge myself a bit. A woman next to me, who was about to buy a hoop as well, asked about bruises. Bruises? I didn't spend too much attention on this question, bought the thing, and went home.
'The Thing' is at my home now. The Hoop has made its return. I used to love hooping as a child and I thought it would be a fun way to exercising my body. It is especially good for the tummy and bum. I tried it out the same day at home and uhm, it was tough! I don't think I made it to one minute. The toughest part was actually the pain around my tummy. This 1,8 kg. hoop is heavy and it just hurts. Now I understand the bruises...
B.t.w.: keep away from children. Children seem to be intrigued by this hoop. My oldest daughter decided to lean on it and despite it being very strong and solid, it broke on day 2.