Hula hooping is an ancient practice - thought to have been popularised by the ancient Greeks! Formerly made from wood, metal, vines, bamboo or other natural materials, they were used not only as a children's toy, but also as a fitness device. Native American Indians, and Eskimos, used to use hoops to roll along and use as a target to practice for hunting by throwing and shooting arrows through them. Hula hooping became popular in Britain in the 14th century as a children's toy. British sailors first saw Hula dancing in Hawaii around the same time, and with the similarity in movement - the name 'hula hoop' was born.
So what are you waiting for- go grab your hula hoop! I had to re-learn as an adult how to do it! I was surprised to find it's actually a rocking motion rather than a circular motion that you need to keep the hoop rotating! Oh and the ideal size for a hoop should be - up to somewhere between your stomach and your chest when it's resting on the ground. I can do it with my kids hoops - but maybe it's easier with one the right size!
Whatever you believe about the benefits of hula hooping - it certainly is a fun form of exercise - what more encouragement do you need??