If your standard go to activity for cardio is jogging, elliptical or even a spin class, it may be difficult for you to change up your routine. Your normal routine is comfortable and expected. The more you do of it, the easier it becomes. During exercise, you’re stressing your body and therefore when you’re recovering, your body is improving itself to better handle that stress. Switching up your routine will help keep your body guessing.
Most people are under the impression that hula hooping is a girly activity, where you’re spinning it around your waist while dancing to music. It’s much more than that, it’s toning, training, vibrant and anything you want it to be. We promise that hooping is a great cardio workout that you should totally try out. It’s a great way to get fit and it doesn’t require you to be in any special environment. All you need is a hoop and an area for you to swing it. Many individuals who enjoy this activity usually end up buying dance hoops that are specifically made for hoop dancing and their tricks.
Hooping is considered as a cardiovascular activity. Studies have shown that consistent hooping burns an average of 210 calories during a 30 minutes workout. Not only can it help you burn more calories, it can also help strengthen your core and if you choose to learn to do tricks with your hoop, it can also with other parts of the body. The general movement on the waist will help work the abdominal muscles that includes the rectus and transverses abdomens and the external and internal obliques. Keeping the hoop moving requires you to engage your abdominals and your back.
There are two types of hoops that are used for workout, weighted and non-weighted. A heavier hoop would make it easier for you to swing as it generates momentum. Because of the need to tighten your core to rotate the hoop, a heavier hoop is generally regarded to help work out your abs a bit more. However, it has also been shown that a lighter hoop would require you to expend more effort to keep the hoop up on your waist.
To increase the intensity of the workout, try to increase your speed, hoop in different areas and move your body around for a full workout. Try pumping your hoop for more of a workout of your core. Instead of swinging in a circle, push your hip in a back and forth motion. You could also try squatting while hooping. After you feel comfortable that you’ll be able to keep the hoop up, try to lower your body into a squat while hooping. With hooping becoming much more mainstream now, there are many videos online teaching you tricks and providing workouts with the hoops.