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Fitness teacher promotes health benefits of hula hoops
Hula hooping is making a comeback in Osoyoos in part thanks to fitness instructor Marnie Bosman.
Bosman, who spends her summers in Osoyoos while living the rest of the year in Prince George, is offering a free introduction to hooping on Wednesday evenings at the Market on Main.
“It’s a relaxed intro for people who just come down to try out hooping,” said Bosman, adding that people can find out what size of hoop works for them.
The free hooping runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays near the Gyro Park bandshell. There are no classes on July 23, 30 or 31. Wednesday markets are moving to Town Square effective July 30.
On Thursdays, she also offers a $10 drop-in class for beginners on the lawn at the Sonora Community Centre. Those classes run from 7 to 8 p.m.
“It’s a structured class where we do a warm-up and we do a class and then we do a cool-down stretch,” said Bosman.
Hula hoops saw a surge in popularity in the late 1950s when they were introduced as a children’s toy. Today’s hoops are larger and heavier and are used by adults and children alike for exercise.
“It’s great cardiovascular exercise,” said Bosman. “It’s an amazing core and ab workout. It’s the perfect solution for sore back and hips. Also tight upper backs.”
Bosman said she became interested in hooping because of her background in rehabilitation.
“My background is as a massage therapist and a kinesiologist,” she said. “I was at a music festival and I had a hip injury myself and I was watching a young girl hula hooping and I thought that is exactly how your back is supposed to move. Your spine is supposed to move sequentially, like knocking down dominoes. Hula hooping makes sure it does, so in my private practice I often will put people’s hips into place and then drag them into the backyard and get them hula hooping.”
Bosman said she will be offering the classes throughout July and August.
She has a set of 10 hoops that she uses for classes but she encourages people to either make their own hoops or buy the materials from her and tape them or let her tape them.
Any age can do it, she said. The oldest person who bought a hoop from her is 92, but children, mothers and grandmothers have all taken part.