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Hula Hooping Benefits You Probably Didn't Know About

Hula Hooping Benefits You Probably Didn't Know About

My latest obsession is hula hooping… and I thought, why not share with our Lotus Moonistas they might love it too!

Hula hooping, or hoop dancing is a fitness activity where you use a weighted hoop to get in shape. The word “hula” comes from the Hawaiian term meaning “to dance.” It was a traditional pastime in Hawaii and Polynesia, and over time it has transformed from dance to sport.

The hula hoop is making a comeback. While it was once a popular children’s toy in the 1950s, today’s modern hoop can be traced back to the 1990s rave scene.

Hula hooping is a fun and easy activity that you can do anytime and anywhere. Whether you're looking for a new form of exercise, a playful way to stay fit, or simply looking to have some fun, hula hooping may be the perfect hobby for you!

It’s a great way to improve your mood, learn something new, lose weight and get fit. There are lots of different types of Hula Hoops available to buy, including weighted hoops for people who want to build up their strength or have joint problems.

Since hula hooping relies on our hips, abdominals, obliques and lower back to circle the hoop and keep it off the ground, these muscles get a fantastic workout.

I put on a favorite dance song and start hula hooping… I’m up to 100 in one direction then I stop and change direction.

Hula hooping is comparable in results to other dance aerobic activities such as salsa, swing dancing and belly dancing. Which means, incorporating this into our life can help burn calories, strengthen and tighten our midsection and challenge our lower body.

1. Hand-eye coordination and motor skills

Like other sports, hooping requires hand-eye coordination and challenges our brain as well as our muscles. Hooping in both our natural direction and our reverse directions (recommended) is an excellent opportunity for our brain to engage both your dominant and non-dominant sides to help with the body's balance.

2. Hooping is a complete core workout

Studies show that hooping burns visceral fat e.g belly fat - the fat that is the hardest to get off the older we get, and also the most detrimental to heart health.

3. Spine strength and flexibility

Regular practice can train our spine to a greater range of motions than we are used to, increasing our flexibility and even preventing back injuries.

4. Helps balance the 2nd chakra

The energy center in our lower abdomen and back is known as the second chakra. It’s where all the juice in life comes from – our feelings, playfulness, sexuality, desire, pleasure and procreation.

Like I said, it’s where the party starts!

Imagine improving constipation, fertility, menstrual cycles, and urinary issues by hula hooping?

Yeah! That’s 2nd chakra BABY!!

5. Good for heart (also our 4th chakra)

Hooping for just twenty minutes a day can count towards our moderate-vigorous intensity physical activity recommended for improving and maintaining our health.

6. Improves mood

Aside from a wonderful burst of endorphins we’re likely to enjoy after a good round of hooping, this activity a great stress reliever.

7. Have fun

It’s a fantastic way to start the day, burn a few calories, build strength, get rid of belly fat.

Let me know by commenting below, if you are already hula hooping or plan to give it a try!

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Sonya - October 7, 2022

Yes!, I own a hula hoop that has been collecting dust in the garage. Because of you I will pull this out today and get to it! Thanks for the info and for sharing it to us all!

Tina Marie Ito - June 27, 2022

I bought a weighted hula hoop, and feel like I have finally found my perfect exercise!!! It all came back to me from my childhood, and now I do 600 reps every day!

Brandi Keith - March 22, 2022

I love the hulahoop I need to get back on it again! I lost inch on my stomach! That was in 2021! In September Covid season! I just have to get back to my routine! Work on my Betty again! I was doing good I just have to watched what I eat for now on! :)

Effie - June 23, 2021

Great idea! I just received my hula hoop last week. I am surprised that I can still do it. I am looking forward to the benefits of hooping. Currently I am doing 5 to 10 minutes a day non-stop without the dropping the hoop😊

Cat B - June 4, 2021

I just recieved my hoola hoop a couple of days ago. But I think it is broken because it will only stay up for 10 hoops🤭

Lotus Moon - May 25, 2021

Here is a recommendation for hula hoops… and a great way to support a small business.

Kimberly - May 25, 2021

Can someone recommend a hula hoop that can be purchased on Amazon or soothe retailer? Is like to try it, but I’m not sure which one to get. Thanks!

Desiree Brown - May 17, 2021

I’ve been hula hooping on and off for a while now. It is a great midsection workout, it was one of my favourite childhood activity. I’ve tried doing the neck to waist transition the other day and I Did It! It’s a fun and inexpensive way to have fun and get a nice burn at the same time.

Trina - May 1, 2021

I remember my younger days of hooping. Looking for one now. I am joining your challenge. This will help on my breaks from working from home. Thanks Lake

Kim - May 1, 2021

Yessss!!! I have been hoop dancing off and on for nearly seven years. It is a fun & challenging way to get fit. I started with waist hooping, & then turned to online tutorials to learn tricks. Never a dull moment as there are so many things to learn. I believe it relieves stress as it’s a form of moving meditation, & also keeps the brain agile.

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