Hula hooping isn’t just a game for kids – it’s actually a great way to build up core strength and burn through calories!

Weighted hula hoops can make a great addition to your regular exercise routine. Not only is it fun, but you’ll work on abdominal and back strength while you hoop! Plus, hula hooping can be a unique way to work on your stability and get your heart pumping at the same time. 

Origins Of Hooping

The hula hoop that we know today was invented in 1958 by Arthur K. “Spud” Melin and Richard Knerr. 

But Melin and Knerr weren’t the first ones to come up with the idea for a toy hoop. In fact, both children and adults alike have been using hoops throughout recorded history. 

Modern hooping started to become really popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Hooping, otherwise known as “hoopdance”, has emerged both as a sport and a style of dance, continuing to gain popularity today. 

An Exercise Of Dance 

One of the most exciting things about this particular exercise is just how similar it is to dance. Using moves that you might find in salsa, hula, belly, or swing dancing, it’s believed that the average person can burn somewhere between 170 and 200 calories for every 30 minutes of hooping. 

Getting Ready To Hoop 

Before you get started, there are a few things to think about: 

  • Do you have access to a hoop? Some gyms will have weighted hoops on hand that you can use. Determine the size and weight of the hoop that you feel most comfortable using. 
  • Keep in mind that you’ll need a solid area of space to effectively and fully perform the exercise. 

Starting Your Hoop Routine

Once you’ve made sure that you have enough space and the right hoop, it’s time to get your hoop on! 

  1. Stand with your feet about hip-width apart. 
  2. Bring your hoop over our body, holding it at about waist level. 
  3. Gently twist your hips and toss the hoop to the side. As you do, move your hips in time with the motion of the hoop. 
  4. Continue gyrating along with the hoop for the desired amount of time. 

A Fun Core Stabilizer

While you might really enjoy doing your exercise routine, it’s not very often that an exercise can be described as “fun”. 

However, hooping can certainly inject a little bit of fun into any routine! Turn on some music and grab your hoop to energize you and work your core. 

Next Level Hooping

Instead of standing on both feet while you hoop, lift your left foot back behind you and hold it for a count of a few seconds. 

Then, bring it back to the ground and switch off with your right foot. Not only does this provide even more of an intense core workout, but it’ll help you work on your balance, too!

Bring The Hoop To Your Workout 

For a little bit of fun and a whole lot of core engagement, add hoops to your exercise routine! From balance support to lower-back strengthening, this lower-body workout really does have it all.

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