Actress Zooey Deschanel, singer (and queen) Beyonce, and even basketball star Shaquille O'Neal have embraced hula exercise, so why don’t you? Start by standing with your feet shoulder width apart and holding your hoop in the air over your head.
This hula exercise works your oblique muscles, which can give your abs that sought after “v-shaped” look.
Plant your feet on the ground shoulder width apart and bend your knees slightly. Halo spins actually work the whole upper body, not just the abs, but they do involve strengthening your core and therefore help create that killer six pack we all want. This time, stand with your feet together and hold your hoop in both hands with your arms outstretched.
The extra weight of the hoop will be a workout for your arms and shoulders, but remember to keep your stomach tight (and don’t get dizzy). Then, grip the sides of the hoop (instead of putting your hands behind your head, like the traditional sit up).
Begin (again) standing with your feet planted shoulder width apart and your hoop around your waist.
This exercise will help whittle down that spare tire and give you the hourglass shape you’ve always wanted.
By adding plies or squats to your basic hula hoop, you can trim your thighs and lift that booty, too! With your feet shoulder width apart, bend over slightly (your back should be at about a 45 degree angle from your hips).
Stand with one foot in front of the other and keep the hoop spinning by moving your hips backwards and forwards. Once you’ve got the forward stance hula down, up the intensity by walking around as you hoop! Begin in your forward stance position and spin your hoop counterclockwise. Before you know it, you’ll be stronger, hotter, and happier-- a guaranteed side effect of a workout that’s fun!