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Hula hoop exercise is no mere fad. Hooping, a popular form of aerobic activity that
can help firm, tone and burn body fat. According to the American Council on Exercise,
you can burn approximately 200-400 calories if you work outfor 30 minutes. For people
who are overweight, and have trouble with any exercise program, you may want to consider
hooping to lose weight.
How to Choose a Hoop Right for You
Before you start to exercise using a hula hoop, make sure you purchase the right
size hoop. The hoop should reach somewhere between your waist and chest when it's
resting on the ground.
However, if you're an apple-shaped person with a large waist, you'll want to compensate
for that as well. Remember, the bigger and heavier the hoop, the slower it will rotate
around your body and the easier it is to use.
The smaller and lighter the hoop, the more challenging it is to keep going.
How to Exercise with a Hula Hoop
Place one foot in front of the other instead of standing with your feet side-by-side.
Start with the hoop against your back at your waist.
Push it gently to start the rotation around your waist. Shift your body weight back
and forth between your front and back foot to keep the hula hoop twirling around
The goal is to keep the hula-hoop going for 10-15 minutes straight to start getting
benefits – burn off fats at the midriff and tighten your stomach muscles. And, try
not to let the hoop fall down.
To use the hula hoop to tone flabby arms, simply extend your arm to the side and
twirl the hoop around your arm in a circular motion.
The idea is to keep the hula hoop moving around your arm to help firm and burn body
fat. Repeat on the other arm.
You can perform a similar exercise for your legs. To avoid losing your balance, lie
on your back while working on the legs.
Raise one leg to a 90 degree angle, or at a slight angle, and start the hoop spinning
around your extended leg. Keep it going for 1-2 minutes. Repeat on the other leg.
Stand up straight, and spin the hula hoop around your hips instead of working it
around your waist. Push your limits and sway your hips according to hoop's circling
You may want to join a body hoop fitness class to learn more fun moves and tricks
but if you can't find one in your area, instructional DVDs about hooping are great.
They demonstrate the basics of how to use larger (35-40 inch plus diameter) hoops
for fitness. Using a weighted hoop is a little different, and more challenging than
those traditional hula hoops you used during your childhood
These weighted workout hoops are bigger and heavier, weighing around 2 pounds. And,
because of their heavier weight, they rotate around the body more slowly.
If you struggled to keep your hoop rotating as a kid, this should be a lot easier
for you. However, you may want to avoid using weighted hula hoops if you've a history
of back problems.
With these basic techniques of hooping, and some upbeat music, let your body move
to the rhythm as you hula hoop. That way, you're sure to achieve a full body workout
and lose weight faster than you'd ever imagine. Have fun!
Can't get motivated to work out every day, or find yourself making excuses not to
exercise all the time? We share some motivating ways to help you stick to your exercise
routine and get you back on track quickly.