Recently I’ve started hooping for exercise. As in hula hooping, the thing that you did when you were a kid. It’s a ridiculous amount of fun, and there are even health benefits (but that’s another story for another time).
Let’s just say you can’t feel bad when you have a brightly colored hoop spinning around your body and the music way up. I even have a collapsible one for travel, which gets a lot of attention in airports.
What? You’ve never seen a grown woman carry a laptop on one shoulder and a fold-up hoop on another? It is a conversation starter to say the least.
Random person: Um, what’s that around your neck?
Me: It’s a hula hoop.
Random person: Seriously?
Me: Yep, wanna try?
Random person looks suspiciously at me, backing away slowly.
OK, so it’s a bit bulky and I don’t take it everywhere. But I’m not the only Southerner who is into hooping — in fact the Hotel Palomar in Dallas is offering a 50% discount to anyone who can hula hoop for one minute upon check-in. And if you can’t make the full minute, they’ll offer a free-upgrade if you hoop for 20 seconds. How fun is that?
The deal is upon availability and runs through Sept. 7. Now go get your hoop on.