Tired of your exercise regimen? Try this old toy! By: Megan Coleman
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If you’re tired of your same old exercise routine, you may want to pick up an old toy. It’s the new trend in working out.
Hula-hooping classes, a new spin on exercise, are popping up all over Southern California.
The American Council on Exercise did a study which finds hula hooping burns about as many calories as step aerobics and cardio kickboxing. That’s about 420 calories an hour.
Jackie Hesley, who teaches hooping classes, says it helped her lose 42 pounds last year, and is helping others do the same.
“It’s like a moving meditation, you tend to lose yourself in the movement, then time goes by, because you’ve had so much fun, you don’t even realize that you’ve been exercising,” Hesley said.
The hula hoops weigh about 2 pounds and span approximately 45 inches in diameter, which makes them rotate more slowly around the body, offering greater resistance.
In studies, the average heart rate of hula hoopers goes up to about 151 beats per minute.
“We use different size hoops, a really big heavy hoop to start out with to do cardio and fat burning,” Hesley said. “Then we go to lighter hoops for our arms and legs. You’re really using every muscle in your body in a hoop class.”
Babette Rickard started hooping because she has multiple sclerosis, and found that it helps her with her balance and range of motion. “MS keeps you from moving, so my goal is to keep moving, whatever I can… and hooping I can do that cause it’s not a high-impact sport, and I can stop when I need to so I don’t get overheated. So it’s really helped me a lot,” she said.
And hooping attracts all ages. Claire Allen, 14, said hooping lifted her out of her depression. “I was just on YouTube and I saw a video and I just had to try it, so I got a hoop, and I taught myself,” Allen said.
Perhaps it’s because of that additional factor that a treadmill doesn’t have — the happy factor. “It’s fun. I giggle. I drop the hoop and I just move on,” Richard said.
Have you ever tried hula-hooping as an exercise? Would you? Why or why not? What’s your current exercise of choice? Leave your thoughts below.
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