What are the physical  and mental benefits of hula hooping?

As seen on TV!

Tones: arms, tummy, hips, bum, thighs and legs

Strengthens: core, back, arms, pelvis and legs

Improves: coordination, balance and concentration

Helps: mental well being

Produces: big smiles!

In a recent study, the American Council of Exercise (ACE) found that hooping can burn up to 400 calories an hour.

Here’s the science bit:

“Hooping compares pretty favorably with most other group classes, in terms of heart rate and calorie burn,”  In fact, exercisers can expect similar results from hooping as they’d get from boot-camp classes, step aerobics and cardio kickboxing—all of which meet fitness industry criteria for improving cardiovascular fitness (Table 1). Also, by burning approximately 210 calories per 30-minute session, hooping falls within accepted guidelines for exercise that can contribute to weight management.

 

 

Table 1. Comparative Free Range Exercise Studies
Study % HRmax VO2 (ml/kg/min) Kcal/min
Hooping 84 ± 9.0 20.6 ± 3.31 7.0 ± 1.44
Boot Camp 81 ± 14.3 25.9 ± 4.24 7.5 ± 1.92
Nia Technique 57 ± 7.3 10.5 ± 1.60 3.2 ± 0.50
Advanced Pilates 62 ± 4.0 17.3 ± 1.40 5.5 ± 0.97
Power Yoga 62 ± 5.4 18.7 ± 1.30 5.9 ± 1.03
Curves 75 ± 6.9 17.0 ± 3.50 6.4 ± 0.79
Cardio Kickboxing 86 ± 0.0 25.7 ± 2.65 8.1 ± 1.24
Step Aerobics 75 ± 4.7 23.4 ± 2.10 5.9 ± 0.86