While seemingly simple, hula hooping requires timing, rhythm, and effort from the largest muscles in the body including your thighs, hips, back, waist, knees, abdominals and glutes. While in motion, those muscles use a significant amount of energy, forcing the body to burn calories and stored fat. The American Council on Exercise has published a study confirming hula hooping's classification as a cardiovascular exercise that burns between 420 to 600 calories an hour; similar to that of kickboxing, Zumba, and running, without the harsh impact on your knees and joints. From a medical stand point it increases your blood flow and heart rate providing great endurance and stamina, while also balancing blood pressure and strengthening the heart.
By coordinating your body movement and breathing to the rhythm of the hoop, you are stretching each targeted muscle group and training your spine to a greater range of motion. This develops flexibility of your spine, promoting better posture and preventing injuries, indicating its role as an aerobic exercise. The continual practice of rhythm and technique results in improved balance and coordination.
The benefits of hula hooping that we value most as Beat City Hoopers, are those that pertain to a happy and sound mind. The constant rocking motion of hooping alleviates stress, calms & refreshes the mind, energizes the body and creates a sense of focus, making it instrumental in meditation practices. It only takes five minutes of hooping to transform a bad mood into a state of bliss. Discovering your own groove and unique style in the hoop by advancing into the art of hoopdance, is wholeheartedly satisfying. As your movements become more fluid and graceful, you strengthen the mind/body connection, enhancing your sense of self-worth, and gaining confidence, perspective and harmony.
Exercising doesn't have to be a chore. While having a blast hula hooping, you'll also be...
o Burning 100 calories every ten minutes
o Speeding up your metabolism
o Strengthening and toning your core muscles
o Improving your flexibility, coordination & endurance
o Balancing your blood pressure
o Alleviating stress, enhancing your mood and self confidence
o Producing alpha theta brainwaves that induce creative and inspired meditative states
What are you waiting for?