Move over running, gym workouts and cycling - there’s a fresh way to keep fit.
Lizzy Andrew, aged 25, from Nether Edge, has set up a new business dedicated to helping people improve their fitness through the art of hula-hooping.
She holds four weekly classes in Sheffield and Chesterfield, performs at events and also sells handmade hoops – and Lizzy is set to demonstrate her talents tomorrow with a fundraising event in Weston Park.
Lizzy’s sister Abi, 21, was treated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital as a teenager, suffering from a rare type of tumour which affects the adrenal glands.
The hula-hoop expert will be leading a fun session in the park from 11am to midday in aid of the Children’s Hospital Charity’s £20 million Make It Better appeal.
Abi’s tumour – a pheochromocytoma – went undiagnosed for several years before she was admitted in 2008.
“During the scariest time of my life I was made to feel at home,” said Abi, who lives in Brockwell, Chesterfield.
“The facilities provided by the hospital are expensive and I hope that we can raise enough money to help make a difference and ensure that the hospital can continue to improve and provide the best possible care.”
Lizzy, who has a degree in sports science, first began ‘hooping’ in earnest while spending two years living and working in Canada.
“When I came back to the UK I started planning and researching how to go about this business venture and I’m proud to say I’ve done it,” she said.
Hula-hooping tones muscles and is a good cardiovascular workout, Lizzy says.
“It’s an amazing way to keep fit, it’s perfect for people who want to have some fun as they work out.
“I became hooked after learning the basics of hooping from a friend in Canada three years ago and I haven’t stopped since.”
n Admission for tomorrow’s event is £3 minimum. Visit www.justgiving.com/allhoopedup to donate.