Are you bored of jogging on the treadmill or lifting the same old weights over and over again at the gym? Why not try something new — and have a ton of fun while you’re at it — with this quick and easy hula-hoop routine?
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Yes, you heard that right. All you need is a hula hoop and an open mind for this unusual, but super-fun workout.
1. Side To Side
Spend the first two minutes with a simple side-to-side move.
- To do this move, hold the hoop at your waist, and your feet a little wider than shoulder width apart.
- Push the hoop from your hip to get it started, then spin your hips in a side-to-side motion to keep it going.
- If you can’t make it a full two minutes, try to do one minute before resting for a moment and starting again.
2. Front And Back
- Start with one foot about two feet in front of the other.
- Hold the hoop at waist level and push it off your hips to get it started.
- Rock your hips forward and back, keeping your knees loose, to keep the hoop going.
- Try to continue this motion for two minutes, or two sets of one minute.
This step will give your hips a bit of a break, so you can focus on your arms.
- Stand with your feet together, and one hand straight out in front of you, holding the hula hoop.
- Start spinning the hoop around your hand vertically, moving your hand up and down to keep it going.
- Once it’s in motion, slowly lift your hand up above your head, and keep the hoop rotating for one minute.
- Rest, then repeat with the other hand.
- When you’re done, repeat once more for each hand.
4. The Bump
For the final two minutes, you’ll switch back to an exercise that uses your hips and legs.
- Stand with your legs squeezed together and your knees slightly bent, with the hula hoop at your waist.
- Lean forward and push the hoop off so it starts to rotate.
- Lift your body up and down to keep the momentum of the hoop going, keeping the weight on your toes.
- Keep the hoop going for a minute, then rest, and repeat.