Hula hooping is getting more and more popular, with celebs like Beyoncé and Michelle Obama spinning hoops like pros. But why is hooping so good for you? Professional hula hooper Jo Mondy from LiveLoveHoop breaks it down for us. Want to get hooping right now? Head to https://learn.livelovehoop.com/ and join her 5 day free online hoop course starting 4 October !
1) Boost your cardio fitness
Hooping is an aerobic exercise, which means you get your heart pumping and the oxygen flowing through your body. This has fantastic benefits which include strengthening your heart and increasing your lung capacity and helping you feel happier!
2) Tone your waist
While there are plenty of factors that should be addressed when trying to lose weight (including a healthy diet and focus on mental wellbeing) there is scientific evidence to say that hooping can help you trim your waistline.
A 2019 study by a Helsinki University medical professor found that hula hooping for 13 minutes a day decreased waist circumference on the average by 3 cm, in some up to 8 cm. In addition, abdominal fat decreased and trunk muscle mass increased significantly.
A study by the American Council on Exercise found that 30 minutes of hooping will burn approximately 210 calories, equal to a similar amount of time kickboxing or participating in a boot camp class.
3) Build core strength
Waist hooping is all about the core! If you keep your lower body engaged, your feet together and focus on pushing from your mid-section forwards and backwards in short sharp movements, you’ll be working all the muscles in your core. Strong stomach and core muscles help protect you against injury, give you better balance and can also support your pelvic floor muscles.
4) Mindfulness, meditation and flow
The rhythmic motion of the hoop rocking on your body is a form of moving meditation (try closing your eyes and tuning in to the physical sensations). Plus, whether you’re learning complicated tricks or just dancing to music, hooping can focus the mind on the task at hand and allow you to release some of the tension of the day. Coupled with the exercise benefits, it’s a fantastic way to help relieve the feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
5) Release your inner child
Plato said “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation”. Play is the way we learn as children, but as adults we have less time to focus on being in the moment and discovering new fun activities - and we should! Play stimulates the mind by boosting brain activity, reduces stress and generally bonds us to other people. Hula hooping is fab way to reconnect with your playful side, to enjoy being silly, making mistakes and being creative (even if you don’t consider yourself a “creative” person).
6) Find your tribe
Did you know there are thousands of hula hoopers all around the world? Yup, we are all over the place and we are a pretty friendly bunch. You’re almost guaranteed to find a class, a hoop jam or a Facebook group of hoopers in your local area. Finding a group of people with a similar interest is such a great way to avoid loneliness, to boost your social skills and make learning new things much easier.
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