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Hooping for Fitness is Exercise for Fun

Updated on November 24, 2016
A Woman Using a  Hoop
A Woman Using a Hoop | Source

Hooping -- the Fitness Craze that is FUN!

Who says exercise can't be fun?

The fitness craze of hooping is a winner on all counts. Hooping is simple to learn, great exercise and sufficiently economical for most budgets. This page explains this type of exercise and answers some frequently asked questions about the benefits of hooping.

Some of you may remember the Hula Hoop craze back in the fifties. Those twirling, twisting, revolving hoops are re-emerging as a popular fitness craze. Even celebrities like Beyonce and Michelle Obama are taking up the hoops. And why not? Hooping is one form of exercise that is actually fun!

Oh, one important thing! We can't call these fitness hoops Hula Hoops any more. That term is trade marked by Wham-O Inc.

Check out this lens for information about hooping as a fitness craze, as well as videos,

Young Girl Using a Hoop
Young Girl Using a Hoop

Hooping for Fitness: What is It?

Back in the fifties, hula hoops were toys. Hoopers, primarily girls and children, hooped for fun. Adult women tried it in hopes of spot reducing their waist and hips. Today, the hoop is back and exercisers are discovering the benefits of this fun activity. The new hoops are slightly bigger and heavier than the hula hoops of decades ago. These hoops are made to fit adults rather than children.

It's fun. It's rhythmic. You can do it to music or without music. You can do it inside or outside. You can do it alone or in a group. If you live in a community that sports a hooping fitness class, you can join up and participate.

Like most fitness exercises, hooping has simple moves for beginners, and more intricate and difficult moves for the experienced. The goal is to master the tricks and to keep moving fast enough to keep the heart rate up. Yes, today's hooping offers a cardio workout for those who pursue it seriously. And, like any cardio workout, it burns calories, which is good for those wanting to manage their weight.

And, for those who take the exercise seriously, it's a surprisingly strenuous workout.

Getting Started with Hooping

Super Hula Hoop is among the more popular sports in Nintendo's Wii Fit system. In December, 2009, the American Council on Exercise listed hooping as "one of the top fitness trends for 2010."

Working with researchers from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, the fitness council determined the number of calories burned in the Wii fitness games. Hooping received among the higher scores at 111 calories burned in a 30 minute session.

The Wii fitness game is a great start to hooping for seniors or for others who are relatively inactive. Fit, regular exercisers may benefit more from a hooping class or from a hooping DVD or video.

Hooping Video Demonstration

This expert hooper demonstrates a few advanced tricks.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hooping

  1. Is hooping good exercise?

    Like any exercise, you get out of it what you put into it. Hooping, when done vigorously, can provide a good cardio workout, plus it can enhance flexibility and balance -- and its considerably easier on the joints than exercises like running or jogging on pavement.

  2. What are the benefits of hooping?

    Any movement is better than no movement. Hooping, at easier levels, is perhaps somewhat less vigorous than a moderate walk. When done vigorously, it can offer a good cardiac workout. It can also promote balance and flexibility, and since hooping can be done in classes, it has a social aspect. Unlike many forms of exercise, its FUN! Individuals who resist exercise in most forms may enjoy this activity.

  3. Can I lose weight from hooping?

    There are reports of a woman losing over sixty pounds by hooping. Hooping burns calories -- and the faster and more vigorously you hope, the more calories you will burn. To lose weight, you will likely need to moderate your food intake as well as upping your exercise level.

  4. What are the health benefits of hooping?

    Cardio benefits, as the heart strengthens with vigorous exercise. You may also develop flexibility and improve balance. Also, the fact that hooping is fun and enjoyable contributes to overall well-being.

  5. What is the record for hula hooping?

    The information you want is at the Hula Hoop World Records

  6. How old are the people taking up hooping?

    Most classes report women from their twenties through to the fifties are attending. However, there is no age limit and no reason why seniors could not benefit from hooping. As in any exercise, its wise to get a doctor's permission before commencing.

  7. Is it difficult to learn to hoop?

    Most people can pick up the basic moves in an hour or so. However, maintaining the hooping movement requires a build up of skill and strength.

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    • KiwiSanet profile image

      KiwiSanet 

      4 years ago

      Love hooping!

    • jennabee25 profile image

      Jenn Dixon 

      4 years ago from PA

      Great hub! I'm a hooper myself, and your content here is spot-on.

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      I used to love doing hula hooping as a teenager back in the 1950s and I was good at it I could do it for hours. About a year ago I tried it again and was very surprised I could still do it, but not so sure now as I have a very painful hip that when I get up after sitting at my computer I need to walk slowing and bring my hip back into standing up. Getting old.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      After reading and Enjoying all of your Recipe Lenses, I needed some Fitness at some point! ;D

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @StewartClan: Thank you for visiting and good luck with your class.

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      StewartClan 

      6 years ago

      My local gym has a hooping class now, and I am hoping to get to it. However, I am not too good at keeping that hoop up so I need to practise first! Thanks for this lens, I really liked it.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @kburns421 lm: Who would have ever thought the hula hoop would transition into a fitness gadget?

    • kburns421 lm profile image

      kburns421 lm 

      6 years ago

      I have been wanting to start learning hula hoop tricks, so maybe this lens will motivate me to finally do it!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Combine this with a good exercise bike and you have got yourself a great way of keeping in shape.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I hadn't realised what a great work out you could have using just a hoop :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I haven't "hooped" since school, but it looks as if I should start again.

      This is another great way to exercise at home.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      You know you have opened my eyes to a "new" type of exercise. I just have to make sure I have enough room without causing havoc lol.

      A great wy to get into shape.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      David23

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I think any exercise you can do in the home is a good idea. Although I have to admit, I find keeping a hoop going long enough ot get a sweat is beyond me :-)

      Andy

      http://www.besthomegyminfo.net

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      DennisGan 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips.

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I could never hula hoop when I was a kid, it just isn't anything my body could ever do, however I am a master at hooping on the Wii Fit Plus! I love it, it really gets the body moving.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @cricandcric1557: Thank you.

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      cricandcric1557 

      6 years ago

      Excellent Lens.Its really a good lens. It gives me lots of pleasure and interest. Itâs a most important post.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Maybe you would like to join her? I don't think its for women only! LOL

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I will recommend this post to my girlfriend!.

      David23

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Hooping for fitness, an interesting way to fitness, we sometimes feel tired for exercise and fitness activities, Hooping makes everything so fun

      Aby,

      weight loss diet plan

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @downloadinfoproducts: Thank you!

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      downloadinfoproducts 

      7 years ago

      Nice exercise lens! You sure write well nightcats!

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      GramaBarb 

      7 years ago from Vancouver

      Its been a long time since I tried the hula hoop :) Could really make it spin back in the 50's - lensrolled to Remembering the 1950s

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @insolvelipe: Thank you! I agree, making exercise fun is the best way to ensure we keep up the practice.

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      insolvelipe 

      7 years ago

      I believe this is one of the most fun and interactive ways to enjoy a long term exercise that have been enjoyed by children and adults alike, great fun Squidoo Lens.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @HorseAndPony LM: Isn;t it great when they come up with something to make exercise enjoyable?

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      7 years ago

      Great topic. Love the info. Never though of hooping for fitness. Would love to try the Wii Fit Hooping. Thanks for sharing.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @TheyCallMeVarmit: Thanks! Yes, hooping is fun and that makes such a difference.

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      TheyCallMeVarmit 

      7 years ago

      Nice lens! Never would have thought hooping to be such a good form of exercise, but now can't wait to add it to my workout regime. Will be fun!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Fit_Over_40_Buzz: Thank you so much!

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      Fit_Over_40_Buzz 

      8 years ago

      Very nice lens. Thanks. I gave you a thumbs up, because it's a nice lens.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @poutine: Yes, there is a skill to it alright. I could do them sort o f -- but not great.

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      poutine 

      8 years ago

      Interesting facts.

      I could never get the hang of those hoops.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @ClassyGals: For sure, we all need new and fun things to keep our routines from becoming boring.

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      Cynthia Davis 

      8 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Hooping looks like a fun thing to add to my workout routine. I might have to try this. 5*****

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @GonnaFly: It's been a while for me also. But it certainly looks like a fun way to exercise.

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      Jeanette 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Maybe I should invest in a hoop! I haven't tried hooping since I was a girl...

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Zion: Thanks for visiting and posting. I think it important that people add variety to their fitness routines, and that they find a way to make exercise enjoyable. Hooping falls into that category, at least I think so. :-)

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      Zion 

      8 years ago

      Wow! I really like your lens! Very informative!...

      I'll keep reading & I'll share this lens to my subscribers.

      Thank you so much!

      Zion

      Slimming Products

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anyaface lm: Thanks for visiting. If you can hoop, you are a step above me. I could never keep the things going, except around my arms.

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      anyaface lm 

      8 years ago

      i loves me some hula hooping!!! i also love that you included hooping.org. i bought a hoop with dreams of being able to do what those guys can! I can actually hoop, just not very well.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Joan4: Thanks -- I'll check your lenses out right away.

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      Joan4 

      8 years ago

      Sounds like fun and great exercise! lensrolling to Yoyos and Hula Hoops!

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