Hula hooping has been around for a very long time. In ancient Egypt, children played with big hoops made of dried vines. Hoops were widely used for playing by both kids and adults in 14th century England. At the beginning of the 19th century, hooping got a "hula" addition. It happened after British ships visited Hawaii and sailors found a similarity between hooping and hula dancing. America had a fad about hula hooping in the 50s, but it dried up in the 60s. However, during the last decade, hula hooping performed with heavier hoops has made a magnificent return as a popular fitness exercise.
Choosing the Right Hula Hoop
It is important to choose the right hoop. If you put the hoop in front of you, it should come between your waist and your chest. If you have a big waist, the hoop should be bigger. The bigger the hoop, the easier it will be to rotate. The smaller the hoop, the more benefits you will get out of the workout. The same goes towards weight of the hoop, which varies from 2 to 5 pounds.
To perform the rotation, put one of your feet in front of the other. Put your hoop against your back and give it a push around you. Don't try to rotate your hips. Instead, just rock your body by shifting your weight from one foot to the other. How can hula hooping can help you lose weight?
Hula hooping nowadays is performed with much heavier hoops than before and provide a good aerobic workout. You can easily burn up to 400 calories in an hour of hula hooping (actual number depends on the weight of the hoop).
As opposed to aerobic activities, which are good for your cardiovascular health, muscle building workouts provide your body with the ability to burn calories even after the workout. Since modern hula hooping is performed with heavier hoops, it helps build muscles. What is even more important, you can build muscles in almost every part of your body - core, butt, legs and arms.
Some experts consider that you can achieve even more weight loss if you perform hula hooping in intervals from 2 to 5 minutes. This makes hula hooping a perfect activity to do while watching TV, using commercial time to get fit.
There is something very appealing about hula hooping--some deep connection with a child inside. The rhythmic movements of the hoop and the body make hula hooping almost as meditative of an activity as yoga. It also teaches you to breathe deeply and increase flexibility. Those benefits help your overall health and make you more active which, in turn, helps you lose more weight.
Last but not least, hula hooping is a lot of fun. Anybody can do it since it does not take a lot of skill to perform. It can be done outside on the beach and inside accompanied by music of your choice. You can spend family quality time together hula hooping or hold a neighborhood competition. It is easier to stick with the activity which is enjoyable.
Besides losing weight, hula hooping provides you with other benefits such as toning your waist and other core muscles, increasing flexibility of your spine, improving working of your digestive tract, strengthening of your hips and knees, increasing blood supply to the brain and improving coordination.