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Round and round: group promotes exercise through hula hoop

Kaylee Wiebe, 26, hula hoops at Boulevard Park with a few friends in their hula hooping class hosted by LifeStyle Evolution Project. // Photo by Connor Jalbert
Kaylee Wiebe, 26, hula hoops at Boulevard Park with a few friends in their hula hooping class hosted by LifeStyle Evolution Project. // Photo by Connor Jalbert

Hoops were spinning, music was playing, people were laughing and drawing attention to an exercise trend seeing a revival — hula hooping.

It was a cloudy evening, July 14,  at Boulevard Park, when The LifeStyle Evolution Project hosted its second event.

LifeStyle Evolution Project, founded by Annette Walbon, is a new group that focuses on providing new and fun ways to exercise.

Hooping for Health is an event that Mallory Wiebe created for community members to come out and learn how to hula hoop. Unlike the childhood sport that many are familiar with, this gathering focused on using hula hooping to workout.

“I’m tricking myself into exercising is what it comes down to,” Mallory Wiebe said.

Mallory Wiebe, a hooping teacher and performer for 10 years, taught tricks and moves to all who wanted to join at the park.

“I’m a blossoming flower!” said Kaylee Wiebe, Mallory’s sister, as she performed one of the moves taught.

There were people of all skill levels at the event.

“Don’t get discouraged when you drop the hoop or you hit your face,” Mallory Wiebe said. “You just got to pick it up and keep going.”

Mallory Wiebe ensured that each hooper was able to fully understand each activity and provided encouragement.

“Our project is about getting people thinking about how they can build their everyday lives. Ultimately, it’s about getting people to add to their exponential value.”

Annette Walbon

“It brings people together and you can’t be mad when you’re hula hooping,” Kaylee Wiebe said.  “It’s the only sport that I see that you can never get upset about not figuring it out.”

The motto of this project is “where everyday life meets health,” as indicated on their Facebook page.

Walbon is a health coach who wants health to be a fun activity that anyone can do.

“Our project is about getting people thinking about how they can build their everyday lives,” Walbon said as she was hit by a hula-hoop. “Ultimately, it’s about getting people to add to their exponential value.”

In the future, Walbon hopes to continue doing events such as this one; an event that is fun and local.

Later this year, Walbon hopes to add a charity aspect to her work by pairing up with Skookum Kids, a facility that cares for children who are in the process of transitioning in the foster care system.

The LifeStyle Evolution project hopes to promote active children along with giving them healthy meals.

The LifeStyle Evolution Project has many other events coming up around the local Bellingham Area such as Polarity Yoga in the Park on Thursday, July 28 at Boulevard Park.

“This was something I would like to have access to,” Walbon said.  “So I kind of built [the project] for me.”

To participate in event such as this one, visit The LifeStyle Evolution Project’s Facebook page for more information.

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