The Hula Hoop was first manufactured in the 1950s as a children's toy, but quickly caught on for people of all ages. Although still sold today as a toy, the Hula Hoop has also been incorporated into many fitness routines. When used as a piece of fitness equipment the hollow centre of the hoop is filled with water, thus creating resistance as you use the hoop. Making your own water-weighted Hula Hoop can be accomplished with basic supplies from a hardware store.
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Things you need
- 160 psi 3/4 inch poly tubing
- Tape measure
- 3/4 inch insert connector
- Duct tape
- Coloured electrical tape (optional)
- Spray paint (optional)
Unroll the 3/4-inch diameter poly tubing and use a tape measure to mark off an 11.5-to-13 foot section with a pencil.
Cut the tubing at the pencil mark using a hacksaw.
Insert a funnel into one of the tube ends.
Pick up the tubing so that the funnel end and open end of the tubing is facing upward.
Pour 1 cup of water into the tube through the funnel. Keep the ends of the tube facing upward so the water does not run out. Remove the funnel.
Plug in a hair dryer and turn it to the highest heat setting. Aim the hair dryer at one of the tube ends and hold it still for one to two minutes to heat up the end of the tubing.
Insert a 3/4-inch tube connector into the heated tube end. You will need to use a bit of force to do this, as the connector is designed to create a watertight seal.
Heat up the other end of the tube using the hair dryer. Insert this end of the tubing into the opposite end of the connector in the same way that you attached the first tube end. You should no longer see the connector when it is inserted properly.
Place a piece of duct tape around the joint where the tubing ends meet for added protection against leaks.
Tips and warnings
- If you don't like the look of the black poly, you can decorate the tubing with coloured electrical tape or spray paint it.
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