Hula Hoop

The dreaded word exercise brings on painful images of rolling out of bed at the break of dawn and following a dull program of stretches and twists. After the first couple of days, the whole process happens only by a force of will power. Finally, even the will power is not enough and other things beckon, like an extra hour of sleep. Maybe the trick to being physically fit is finding an activity that provides challenge mixed in with a chance to be creative. Hooping, or using a hula hoop for fun first and health second may actually be an answer to the exercise question. Most of us remember the hula hoop as a toy from childhood. Today, grandmothers and grandfathers enjoy the hooping experience. Anyone who does not have a back injury can immerse themselves in dancing with the hula hoop.

Hula Hoops have been around for a long time. It can be made from just about any light weight material. On the Internet are sites that show how to create a personalized version with garden piping. For the serious exerciser there are hoops out there that are specially designed for strengthening the abdomen by having a smaller diameter and being weighted like the Firetoys hula hoops. Either way, the equipment required for hooping is cheap and easy to come by. Professionally made hoops can be made from wood, as well as glowing, high tech plastic. For the beginner, the large weighted hoop is a good place to start. The larger hoop gives people time to fill it connect with their bodies and they can move accordingly.

Beginners often find it hard to keep the hoop spinning and should aim for at least five seconds. There are people who practice for a straight hour because they have been doing it for a while. Classes are available for the both the beginner and the more experienced. Exercising with a hoop helps keep the ankles and neck flexible while strengthening the core area of the body. As a person grows proficient he or she can learn how to perform, creating dance moves while he or she interacts with the hoop.

Keeping variety in any work out program is extremely important in order to stay interested. Beginners can learn basic tricks and graduate on to the more advanced hula hoop moves. One trick is to learn how to interact with the hoop with hands and feet while keeping the hoop moving in a circle around the body. The development of coordination and flexibility is aided by these moves. For someone new, it can be at first frustrating. With patience and practice, the end result looks fluid and graceful with the added benefit of strengthening muscles and using up 200 calories in thirty minutes.


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