I love hooping! Yes, the hula hoop, that simple, round, plastic circle, has come a long way from whizzing around your waistline. It’s now a fitness tool to be reckoned with, sculpting abs, of course, but also toning arms and legs.
A good hooping session will burn over seven calories a minute, the same as a boot camp class and, in my opinion, a whole lot more fun!
Don’t think of the hula hoop as a toy for kids. Now hoops come in different sizes and weights and can be used for different training regimens. Heavier hoops are good for a quick workout to tone the abs. The lighter hoops are more fun and are meant to be used for a series of movements both on the body (whizzing around your legs or torso) and off the body (in your hands or on your arms).
Hooping is so much fun you don’t even notice the minutes flying by or the sweat soaking into your t-shirt. It’s great cardio that you can do indoors or out, although outside is more fun because you’ll have more space to move.
The Hula Hoop was invented in 1957 by Wham-O. They were first made of wood, grasses, vines, bamboo, plastics, and metals. The name came from a Hawaiian dance called the Hula. Ever since then, it has been used for play and exercise. The Hula Hoop can decrease body fat and shed inches due to the fact that you use all the muscles in the midsection to keep the Hula Hoop going. By practicing for 30 minutes a day you can develop a good fat-burning workout. You can also use the Hula Hoop for a nice warm-up or cool-down activity. If you continue this fun activity consistently then you will see results in just a few short weeks.
It’s the perfect way to celebrate the 50th birthday of Hula Hoop.
Can’t keep the hoop on your hips, try the virtual Hula Hoop on the Wii Fit.