On a whim last week I picked up a hula hoop when my husband and I were shopping. I’m not really sure why… perhaps it’s the childhood nostalgia I’ve experienced from all my hours of coloring the past couple of months 🙂
I picked up a sparkly pink camouflage one and took it home to try it out.
It was harder then I remembered to keep the hoop’s momentum on my hips, but eventually I got the hang of it, catching the wave around my waist for fifty or so swings before the hoop fell to the grass below.
When I sat down… I was sore. I mean super sore. All that from a little hooping?
Regardless of the soreness I picked up the hoop again the next day and the next, because, well… it was fun 🙂
But of course my mind started to wonder – are there health benefits to hula hooping? And is it a good idea to be doing it with endometriosis?
Benefits of Hula Hooping for Endometriosis?
After perusing articles and endometriosis discussion boards it seems that there are quite a bit of benefits to hula hooping. In fact, it seems to be a new trend, pronounced as an excellent core strengthening exercise.
The practice of hula hooping puts focus on your posture and pulls in your abdominal muscles. It helps make your hips more fluid and loosens up the muscles in your lower back, thereby releasing pain and discomfort in these areas.
Hula hooping opens up your pelvic chakras, releasing stagnant energy. Some claim that it helps send blood to your pelvic region, thereby improving pelvic circulation.
Hula hooping is relatively low impact exercise that can lead to weight loss. It strengthens muscle tone across your abdominal area and is said to strengthen your pelvic floor muscle.
What is the Pelvic Floor Muscle?
Your pelvic floor muscle supports your pelvic organs, including your bladder. If your pelvic floor muscle is weak then you may suffer from bladder leakage and/or the urgent need to pee!
The pelvic floor also plays a role with bowel functioning.
Your pelvic floor muscle is involved with intercourse. Disorders with your pelvic floor muscle could be a culprit behind painful sex.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is pretty common with endometriosis, so any exercises that can strengthen this muscle is a bonus.
On the Positive Side?
After hooping for the past few days I’ve gotten much better at it. I don’t do too much at a time, as I definitely feel it in my body afterwards.
I was able to get the hoop spinning on my waist for a good five minutes or so. Once it got set I found it to be almost meditative. I could see it being a spiritual activity of sorts – standing strong in the center of revolving energy.
As energy moves up your spine it helps open the central energy chakras in your body.
And like I said… it sure is fun 🙂
Have you tried hula hooping again? Did it help or hinder? I’d love to hear from you…