Monday, December 10th, 2012

Twirl with a Hula Hoop

Hula hooping may seem rather childish, but there are actually a surprising number of benefits to an exercise involving hooping. If you’re interested about the fitness benefits of hula hooping, read on. We interview Nisha Verma Reebok certified fitness trainer to guide you through techniques of hula hooping.

Step by Step guide –

Labeled as an effective cardio workout routine, hula hooping has even been introduced as an exercise in gyms, and fitness centers. Take a look to understand how to use this prop as a ‘beginner’.

1. Locate enough space around. Spread feet apart approximately. Relax knees and body

2. Relax elbow and hold the hoop firmly against the back side of your waist.

3. Keep hoop in a horizontal position before swinging outward. DO NOT position the hoop at a tilt or angle. Push your stomach forward with a pumping motion as the hoop rolls across your stomach and back as it moves across your back.

4. Horizontally swing the hoop outward against waist, fast and with momentum. Shift your weight between your front and back legs more quickly or pump your torso faster back and forth to increase rotation speed.

5. Move your waist in any one direction against the hoop. Right-handed people usually prefer rotating the hoop counter-clockwise, while lefties prefer clockwise.

6. Keep your body’s motion at a steady pace to allow the hoop to remain in position.

WARNING: Users with the following conditions; Pregnancy, entrails, neoplasm, cancer, back/spinal injuries and any other medical or physical conditions are absolutely prohibited of using this product.

6 Health Benefits of Hooping

Spine & Joint Health - Hooping is a gentle, low-impact workout that mobilizes the spine. It is the rhythmic nature of hula hooping that promotes increased segmental range of motion between your vertebrae and stimulates vertebral disc imbibitions—the process through which nutrient exchange occurs in your discs. Regular spinal mobilization is important for your spinal joint health, and activities such as hooping can help improve your posture and promote increased body awareness—both of which are important in helping you avoid back injuries.

Core Strength - Your core includes your abdominals, lower back, pelvis and hip muscles. Sit-ups may target your abdominals, but misses many other core muscles. Hula hooping strengthens your entire core, which helps to stabilize your body, protect your lower back from injury, support your spine and improve your posture. Strengthening the muscles surrounding your lower spine, it’s work as a boon for those suffered from a bad back in the past.

Improves coordination and balance and makes you more agile as it activates your core, improving reflexes and reaction times.

Weight Loss - Combined with cardio activity and strength training, it burns almost 200 to 400 calories in 30 minutes; all depending on your weight, current fitness level and intensity. Maintaining a healthy weight, it helps prevent diseases like type2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack and stroke.

Releases stress - The American Council on Exercise suggests that hula hooping is fun, and it makes exercising less of a chore. To be able to do something fun and see the improvements to your body can livens your spirit and raise your confidence, keeping you motivated, physically challenged and mentally stimulated.

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