Remember when you were a kid and everyone had fun playing with hula hoops? Well, those hula hoops can be more than just fun, but actually a beneficial exercise.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have shown that hula hooping expended similar calorie rates and raised heart rates similar to cardio kickboxing and step aerobics.
WHAM-O introduced the world to this new toy in 1958 after Arthur Melina and Richard Knerr saw children in Australia playing with bamboo hoops in their exercise class. Using your hips can burn calories and tone your body, so play some of your favorite tunes and take a break with a little hula hooping.
When picking out a hula hoop here are a few tips:
- Choose the right size for you. The hoop needs to be able to fit between your waist and your chest. The smaller hoops makes hula hooping more challenging.
- A weighted hoop makes hooping easier and will allow you to continue the activity for longer.
- Also, make sure to check with your physician before starting a hula hooping program. If you have a history of back problems, this is not an exercise for you.