At some point in everyone's childhood a hula hoop has had some significance.This isn't just child's play anymore! Adults have started to come back to their roots and grab hula hoops to help them get healthy and lose weight! Just make sure that you don't steal your younger cousin's hula hoop from the garage – go out and get an adult-sized hula hoop! Have the hoop, but not sure what to do with it! Check out these seven things you can do with your hula hoop to help you burn some calories and lose the weight!
1. Use Those Hands
If you've ever hula hooped before, you know that your hands can't be down by your sides. But little did you know that this is also a great way to burn off calories! Simply lifting your hands above your head, lifting them out to the sides, or pushing your arms forward will help to get the heart pumping, test your coordination, and give your arms a workout, which makes you sure to burn off some calories!
2. Toe Tapping
Your hands aren't the only parts of your body that can be moved when you are hula hooping! Burn some calories by doing a slight toe tap during the process – stretch your foot our forward, then to the side, and back, and back in again, all while maintaining your hula hoop. It will definitely be a challenge, but well worth it!
3. Side Step
Here's one way to get your entire body involved! While hula hooping, take your right foot and step out to the right. Once you feel your torso is stabilized, move your left foot over to meet the right foot! You can continue sidestepping right or you can start side-stepping to the left!
4. 360 Spin
This move also involves the entire body, but it's a bit more difficult than the side step. First have your hula hoop swinging counterclockwise. Take your right foot and step forward. Swing your body to the left, and allow your right foot to swing around for the complete turn.
Didn't think you could walk and hula hoop at the same time, did you? This has the same key points as the side step – take small steps forward while maintaining your core. You can even walk backwards, but save that when you're more experienced in walking forward!
6. Hula Passes
You don't always have to be hula hooping to use the hula hoop! Hold the hula hoop in one hand and pass it behind or in front of you to your other hand is a great workout for your arms and burns a number of calories. You can even walk forward or backwards while doing this to help work on coordination and burn even more calories.
You can also use your hula hoop as a jump rope! Simply sit the hula hoop down in front of your torso, feet in front of it. Using both hands, lift the hula hoop up above you and when it comes down in front, jump over it and repeat!