When you think of workout equipment, you likely think of yoga blocks or kettlebells. One thing you probably do not think about is the use of a hula hoop. The misconception is that a hula hoop is a children’s toy and just has no place in working out. The truth is, it can be a very effective tool for working out and can give you some really strong benefits. Here are a few of those benefits.
One of the first things you will notice when you start hula hooping is the calorie burn. On average, you will burn between 200 and 300 calories with traditional in gym exercises and routines. With hula hooping you can burn 600 calories per hour. That is a huge calorie burn and advantage for someone who is trying to drop a large amount of unwanted weight through burning more calories than you take in.
Full Body Workout
If you are looking for a full body workout with limited equipment then hula hooping may be ideal. The hula hoop can give you a full body workout as well as fit into your current body resistance routine. For example, you can do lunges while you work your arms with the hoop. You can also do balancing and some yoga poses while incorporating the hula hoop. You can work your abs, arms, shoulders, legs, and core as well. It is all in how you use the routines and hula hoop options. Keep in mind, there are tons of hula hooping options and methods so you will not be limited to just a few.
Try this routine I found at YouTube:
Spine and Back Health
If you have spine and back issues, one of the things you will likely be told to work on is your posture. Well, it just so happens that you have to have excellent posture while using a hula hoop. This is true for most any of the methods you have to use to hold up the hoop or use it properly. You must keep your back straight and spine straight which means building the strength of the muscles. In fact, if you are looking for a way to do these things, but you want to make sure that you are not causing more strain, then this may be ideal.
These are the benefits that anyone starting out using a hula hoop for fitness will start to see. As you get deeper into using a hula hoop for fitness, you will start seeing more and more benefits.
All the best,
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