Mainly just to maintain good health while having fun. I am what you called a late bloomer. Didn't know how to ride a bike until I was 30. Learned to skip rope when I was into my 50s. Now hooping at 63. My next challenge will be trying to ride a unicycle in my 70s and roller skate in my 80s.(only if my wife didn't stop me or if I broke too many bones) It's great to be a kid again and you are only old as you feel.
Great to know there are other grown-up kids out there, Andy! :)
Hi SaFire! So awesome of you to direct your attention our way! I am a big fan of yours btw! Well this is an interesting question for me due to the fact that I am the one who introduced hooping to all 3 of my adult children. But thinking backwards to your question I would have to say that hooping has been THE BEST bonding experience I have had with my kids. So Hoopers, if you want to have this experience with your Mom, or any other "Over 40" adult in your life "hand em a hoop"!
On the personal level the the main reason I got into hooping was, it seriously spoke to me on so many levels physically, mechanically and creatively. It only took watching one video and I was hooked! I hope this helps you young lady. F.Y.I., I turn 50 this year, Woo Hoo! Never felt better, hooping is my "Fountain of Youth"! (Ha ha, just noticed this is a REALLY old post AND I had already replied, well that was my answer as a newbie, so here is my answer 7 months into it)
Lol - Mootie, you crack me up, girl! I've commented on here a few times, but I think we should keep the discussion alive for all the new hoopers of any age and for the ones trying to figure out how to get their over-40 friends and family into the hoop.
One thing I've found about hooping - age isn't the issue so much as confidence and a willingness to try. The best way I've found to get people (especially older folks) to try the hoop is to explain the whole "bigger hoop is better" concept, then had them the biggest hoop I have available. Most folks I do that with can at least keep the hoop going for a few rotations. Even if they don't take up hoopdance, they still find out they can do it if they choose to. The seed is planted. Sometimes that's the best we can do - drop a seed and hope it takes.
Meanwhile, let's keep rocking it, y'all! The best advertisement for hoopdance is the fun we have doing it. :)
@T"CP"B, Yay! I'm so glad I made you smile today! I agree! I figured both my replies had some value to them. Just like we rarely edit out mistakes in video, Hoopers are known for being real, one thing I seriously love about this community. I love teaching newbies too giving them those big rounds of applause at every success big and small. Especially the small. I love to see the smile on their faces and how their eyes get big when they surprise themselves by what they CAN do. Even I jump up and down squealing like a little kid when I master a trick every time! WHY? Because I haven't had this much fun since I was a KID!!!
Exactly! I wish everyone I know would give hooping a real try. I think they'd be so much happier if they did.
Yes, my new motto which I used above is "give em a hoop" No matter what the problem is I always say "give em a hoop". It's my solution to EVERYTHING these days! Hey just sent you an fb friend request my hoop sista!
Just confirmed it. :)
Hi Safire! I'm new to the site and so glad I finally joined! My first experience with hooping was at String Cheese Incident show in Sedona AZ back in 2000! I borrowed someone's hoop and gave it a whirl, and then I chalked up the whole "incident" as random fun, not knowing there was a whole hooping subculture germinating! Not too long after that I picked up a hoola hoop (kids hoop) at a party and jammed away to the music! ...still having no clue that I was "hooping". Again, just another random fun "incident". Had kids, got married, divorced, nursing school, etc and was out of the "loop" for music and festivals for a long time! I stumbled across a hooping vid on youtube about a year ago and started my journey from there! Thank you Safire for your tutorials... you helped me get started on my hooping path! I'm 41 and have never been happier!! I still have not had the opportunity to hoop outdoors at a show or festival but I hope to this summer! I have a plan to bring hooping to the area where I live, the south shore of Massachusetts, and to spread the hooping love and get more moms, like me, involved in the hoop happiness :D peace and love <3
Welcome to Hoop City, Daylily! It's great to see another over-40 hooper in the mix. :)