Elisa Zied is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified personal trainer, freelance writer and author who prides herself on motivating others to find time—and activities—to fit fitness into their schedule on a regular basis. And, guess what? Hooping is her newest obsession! Elisa shares her hooping story and her fit tips for the holidays!
I love to hoop! I could never hoop as a kid (not sure why not—I was athletic, could twirl a baton, do gymnastics and play all kinds of sports, but I guess I never took the time to really learn how to hoop with a hula hoop). I realize now, after all this time, all the fun hooping that I missed out on! I took to the hoop a few years back and began to do it while catching up on DVR’d TV shows. At first, I could only hoop for about 8 seconds but that eventually turned into 30 seconds and then a few minutes. Now I can hoop indefinitely (one day, I’m going to start hooping and just keep going until I can’t do it anymore). In my dream, I’d go for the Guinness Book of World Records for hooping, but the current record
is just shy of 75 hours IN A ROW (and who really has THAT kind of time). As a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified personal trainer, freelance writer and author, I pride myself on motivating others to find time—and activities—to fit in fitness on a regular basis. Overweight as a child and young adult, it wasn’t until I was in my mid-late twenties that I lost some weight. Eventually, through more moderate eating and more regular physical activity, I achieved a healthier body weight. I’ve kept off more than 30 pounds since my high weight in high school for more than a decade. And I consider myself a cheerleader for others on both Twitter and Facebook, and often post my own workouts (which now include hooping!). When I post my workouts and see others do the same on social media, I feel we all inspire one another to stay active and to reap the many benefits an active lifestyle provides. I always use—and ask others to use—the hashtag #moveitorloseit when posting daily workouts. Though you may think #moveitorloseit is about weight loss, it’s not. To me, #moveitorloseit is about moving more and staying fit to preserve not only our muscle strength, but our mental strength and vibrancy! Exercising and being active are things I love to do, and I really feel the physical and mental effects when I skip a workout or sit for too many hours on end. Although I love to power walk several times a week, and do weight and core workouts about twice weekly, hooping is something that easily fits into my day. Having a TravelHoop
also makes it easy to stay fit when I’m on the road. Once I got into hooping, I could hoop for half hour and barely break a sweat (though I still felt my core strengthening). Now that I can make my hoop smaller, I feel the sweat trickle down my face while I hoop. I also feel it when I reverse the direction mid-way through my hoop workout. (MORE: Watch how you can amp up your Hula Hoop Workout) What’s your favorite way to hoop, and what other physical activities do you like to do regularly? I’d love to hear from you!
Elisa Zied's newest book, Younger Next Week
, will be released Dec. 31st 2013 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com
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