Doing hula hoops is a fun activity for both kids and adults. But it is not just something that you and the kids can enjoy; doing hula hoops can also help you lose weight. However there are claims the weighted hoops are more effective in helping you lose weight.
Are weighted hoops effective?
According to Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., though there are few studies that look into the effects of weighted hoops, doing hula hoops – whether you use weight hoops or traditional ones – can be type of aerobic activity, particularly if you can do it for 10 minutes or longer. You can use weight hoops or traditional hula hoops as part of a fitness program or simply a fun way to burn calories.
Hooping to lose weight
If you want to include hula hoops in your routine, choose a hoop that is right size for you. According to Peter McCall, a spokesperson with the American Council on Exercise, the hoop should reach somewhere between your waist and chest when it is resting vertically on the ground.
The weight of the hoop however, is up to you. Laskowski says, the smaller and light the hoop, the more energy is needed to keep it going. The bigger and heavier the hoop, the easier it is to keep it going; making it more likely that you will be able to do it for longer periods of time.
How to do it
Start by holding the hoop against your back, slightly above your waist. Put one foot in front of the other then push the hoop around your waist, shifting your weight from one foot to the other to keep the hoop moving.
Laskowski recommends avoiding weighted hoops or traditional hula hoops if you have a history of back problems.