The hula hoop . . . a plastic toy hoop that is twirled around the waist, limbs, or neck . . . what a fabulous fad it was . . . Wham-O sold 25 million hula hoops in the first four months and over 100 million in the first year it was released.
It is no wonder we didn't have the weight problems back in the day since hours were spent outside in the Florida heat and humidity, sweating profusely and perfecting the art of keeping the hula hoop up. The big challenge for me, my brother and friends was to see who could keep the hula hoop up the longest . . . and we were pretty good!
The dogs even loved the hula hoop! We always had at least five dogs at a time that stayed in the back yard who tried to get in on the action. You know how dogs are, they always think it is about them :) After getting caught in the hula hoop a few times, they quit trying to jump into the action. Dogs are so funny . . . they used to mess up our games of jump rope too!!
Even the adults got into the action and loved to hula hoop . . . we had many a good time with the endurance competitions . . . it is awesome family fun that really did bring our families together since everyone loved it.
Wham-O again struck it lucky with another toy fad . . . the release of the Frisbee after the hula hoop fad wore down . . . much to the delight of dogs everywhere . . . now they can really participate!
Even more facts and history about the hula hoop . . . click here.