World Hoop Day: Yes, This Is a Thing

Off for Veterans Day Friday? Hooping, It Turns Out, Is an Option

By Carissa DiMargo
|  Thursday, Nov 10, 2011  |  Updated 10:04 AM EDT
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What's Your Workout? Hula Hooping

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They can show you the world. Or... how to hoop.

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First Lady Takes Hula Hoop for 142 Spins

First lady Michelle Obama hosts about 100 students at a healthy kids fair and shows off her hoops.

What's Your Workout? Hula Hooping

This workout doesn't involve a whole lot of hoopla. That's because all you need is a hula hoop.
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The resurgence of hula hoop coolness continues.

World Hoop Day -- the hula hooping whimsy that comes upon us every 13 months -- is happening this 11/11. (Last year: 10/10. Next year: 12/12. Following along? Good.)


The event runs 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sylvan Stage on the grounds of the Washington Monument, southeast of the monument itself.

Participants will be decorating hoops during the day and then later giving them to local low-income kids.

It's a fun, affordable form of exercise -- and it has Michelle Obama as a fan. She famously took 142 spins in a row.

You can also catch "mini-lessons, improv-jamming, potluck'ing, hoop-networking, and generally enjoying our ever- growing hoop community, together," the DC Hoop Collective says on its events page.

All levels of hoopers are welcome; bring a water bottle and wear several layers of warm, form-fitting clothing.

One last tip: Bring your own cup, fork, knife, spoon and so on if you're planning to partake in food, because this is an eco-friendly event. You can also donate to the group here.


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