Hula Hooping Benefits
The following are some of the benefits of hula hooping:
1) Improves flexibility.
2) Increases core strength.
3) Strengthens abdominal muscles.
4) Helps prevent back pain and improves posture.
5) Improves balance and coordination.
6) Strengthened core helps with weight lifting activities such as push ups, sit ups, pull up, etc.
7) Improves lung capacity.
8) Strengthens heart and circulatory system.
9) Improves blood circulation.
10) Strengthens bones and joints.
How Does Hula Hooping Work?
Hula Hopping is performed by jumping from one platform to another without touching the ground or any other surface. The goal is to reach the top of each platform before falling off it. To do so, you must move your body in a circular motion while keeping your feet firmly planted on both platforms at all times. This circular motion helps maintain your balance. As you master the technique, it will feel much easier.
As you constantly jump from one platform to another, your body rotates in a circular motion. The larger the circle gets, the greater the momentum. This circular motion strengthens and tones the muscles in your waist, lower back and core. Hula hooping also improves your focus, concentration and coordination.
You may be wondering how this is possible, right?
There are specialized weighted hula hoops on the market that help to maintain the momentum and keep you from falling off the platform. However, it’s possible to do this using a normal hoop, too. The key is to perform small jumps from one platform to another and only spin the hoop in a circular motion, never tossing it up or down. This circular motion will help you maintain your balance.
You can start by standing on a small step with your feet about shoulder width apart. The smaller the step, the easier this will be. As you get more comfortable with the technique, you can move to lower steps until you feel ready to try this on a flat surface.
Remember that this is a slow process and may take weeks or even months to master! It is not recommended that you try this without proper training and supervision. If you have any health conditions or are over 40, it’s recommended that you consult with a physician before diving into hula hooping.
Exercises that combine different types of movements, such as running, jumping, and squatting, are widely accepted to be the best ways to improve cardiovascular health, shed excess weight and prevent disease. Some of these exercises require special equipment, such as weights or exercise machines, and others you can do using your own body weight. Still others use simple household items you might not normally think of as exercise tools. One type of exercise that falls into this last category is hula hooping.
The term hula hooping most often makes people think of women’s skirts twirling around their bodies or children twisting the plastic rings around their waist. But a hula hoop can be so much more than just a toy or part of a costume, it can also be a great way to get in your daily exercise. Hula hooping may look simple, but it’s an aerobic activity that challenges your entire body.
Hula hooping can provide an enjoyable way to get the whole body in motion and help you stay fit. It is a form of activity that almost anyone can do, regardless of age or fitness level. As with any exercise though, hula hooping can be dangerous if you try to do it improperly or without proper guidance. By learning proper form and following safety instructions, you can enjoy the benefits of this simple but fun exercise technique. The bigger the hoop, the slower you will have to move it to keep it going around your waist.
Many people prefer a heavier hoop as it requires more strength and balance to keep it going around your waist.
No matter what size hoop you use, you should find a quiet area free of tripping hazards and run-away hoops. Start by holding the hoop out in front of you with both hands and lift it up to waist height, this will be its starting position. As you lean your body from side to side, the hoop will go around your waist. Lean your body from side to side in time with the music or your breathing to keep the hoop going around your waist. Be careful to keep your arms straight and not locked as this could cause muscle strain.
While learning, it will be helpful to have a spotter. The spotter should stand to the side and just behind you in case the hoop starts to fall. As you lean back keep your arms lifted up and back so that if the hoop does start to fall the spotter can catch it before it hits the ground. As you lean your body forward and the hoop comes forward the spotter can set the hoop back on your waist.
You shouldn’t hold the hoop with your hands at any time during the exercise. By letting it go and controlling it with your body you will get a better sense of your center of balance and learn how to control your body’s movement.
Hula hooping is a great way to improve your whole body coordination.
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