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But, just because they were originally designed for children, doesn’t mean they can’t be used as a fun exercise tool for adults.
Weighted hula hoops are a variation of the original plastic version. Here’s a look at the potential benefits of a weighted hula hoop workout and how you can get started even if you’ve never used one before.
Although there’s limited research focused specifically on weighted hula hoops, there’s still solid evidence to support the following seven benefits. Hula hooping is a fun, invigorating way to fit more aerobic exercise into your routine. Some of the benefits of regular aerobic activity include: stronger heart and lungs
This is comparable to other aerobic activities like ballroom dancing, mowing the lawn with a push mower, or walking about 4.5 miles per hour.
Reduces fat around your waist and hips A small 2015 study evaluated the potential benefits of a 6-week weighted hula hooping program for women. At the end of the 6 weeks, the researchers found that the 13 women in the study had lost inches around their waist and hips.
The researchers found that the subjects in the hula hooping group lost a significant amount of abdominal fat and also trimmed inches from their waist, compared with the walking group. Aerobic exercise, such as hula hooping, has the potential to improve your cholesterol levels.
The previously mentioned 2019 study also found that participants in the hula hooping group had a significant drop in their LDL cholesterol levels at the end of the 6-week hula hooping versus the walking program. At the end of the study, the researchers found that the women in the hula hooping group reported stronger intentions for future exercise. It’s also important to use a weight that doesn’t cause your technique and form to break down, which could increase your risk of an injury. If you spin the hoop clockwise, start with your left foot forward.
Then, spin the hoop and try to catch it with your front hip as you start rocking forward and back. If you’re new to exercising, or have an injury or chronic health condition, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before starting a hula hoop workout.