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Running rings around 49

Julie Townsend turns 50 in July this year, but she’s quite rightly using the whole year to celebrate.

Hula Hooping Julie

Every month the Shalom Christian College teacher is doing something she’s never done before. In January it was having her body painted by a three-time Australian Championship body painter in the theme ‘beautiful beast’; February it was learning to hula hoop on a stand-up paddleboard, March it was immersing herself in yoga, April was doing a series of cutting-edge fashion masterclass workshops, May is kitesurfing and June… who knows — the world is her oyster.

But the hula hooping didn’t stop in February, and now Julie is taking her waist whirling prowess to the next level — By December she wants to be hula hooping with fire.

“I first picked up a hula hoop at the Woodford Folk Festival in January and thought ‘if they can do it, I can do it’,” the charismatic blonde says. “I need to get pretty good before we add the flames, but I’m loving it so far! If I’ve had a bad week I just get on my paddleboard and hula hoop… just getting out and giving it a go breaks that negative cycle.”

Also on the agenda this year is learning the bongos, growing an edible garden and meeting her daughter in India for a yoga trip, which will be Julie’s first time overseas.

“I’m feeling like I can do anything,” says Julie. “Trying these new things is keeping me motivated, and I feel positive and alive. And when you get into that mindset, good things happen.”

Julie’s tips for hula hooping success:

  1. Have FUN — remember you could be doing sit ups
  2. Never give up, but you could ask a young child or Google for help if you are really struggling
  3. Laugh, if you’re not having fun to begin with you soon will be!

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Carly Lubicz

Carly Lubicz

Carly Lubicz is combining two of her great loves — writing and getting active. Previously working as a journalist, sub-editor, and editor in newspapers and magazines; she is editor and co-founder of TheGo Townsville. She stays active with the staples of road cycling and yoga, but has recently discovered triathlon. And become addicted (apart from the swimming part). She also has a Cert III in Fitness and is passionate about improving mental health through physical activity.


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