It takes a lot of hard work to achieve that slim and perfect body. Yet, people slog at the gym running on treadmills, or exert themselves at joggers park. Not many enjoy these cardio exercises, but still force themselves to it, in order to stay fit and healthy. On the other hand, a lot of people avoid exercises altogether, because they don't enjoy doing it.
The exercising hoops, called weighted hula hoops, are heavier and slower to rotate around the body, and have a diameter of around 35-42 inches, providing a better workout.
Stand keeping your feet together. Hold the hoop with your hands in front of your body. Start rotating the hoop around one of your hands. After a while, move your hand up and down while rotating the hoop. Finally, raise your arm above your head, keeping the hoop rotating around your palm and thumb. Continue for one minute. Then switch arms and repeat.
Stand in tree pose on the ground. Then stretch your hands towards the ceiling. Lift one leg up, backwards. Hold the hoop with both your hands and the lifted leg, above, in the air. Hold for about a minute, then switch legs and repeat. This exercise is excellent for stretching.
Then keep your hands away from your waist for proper rotation. As the hoop rotates, keep moving your hips side to side. Continue to spin the hoop for about a minute, then rest for 30 seconds and repeat.
You can start with overhead spinning, then lower the hoop from the arms to the chest, waist, hips, thighs, and ankles. Get the hoop off your body once it reaches your ankles and repeat the dance workout starting with the overhead spin.
Place the hoop at the level of your waist and stand with one foot ahead of the other. For a hip workout, you will have to move forward and backward. Push the hoop with your hips and continue to rock your hips in a front and back motion. Your knees can be slightly loose and bent.
Continue to spin the hoop for a minute, then rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Switching of legs is not necessary. Any leg can be put forward during the whole exercise.
The leg workout is quite similar to the arm workout. This workout can be performed either standing or by lying flat on your back on an exercise mat. Raise one leg above the mat (such that it is perpendicular to the floor when the knee is bent) or in forward direction (if standing) and place the hoop on the ankle.
Spin the hoop around your ankle by making circles with your leg in the air. Keep spinning the hoop, for about a minute or two, then switch legs.
These hula hoop exercise routines are simple and easy to follow. Hence, unlike the other exercise programs, you won't need to hire an instructor. Whether to lose weight or tone stomach muscles, these exercises are fun to do, and to add intensity to these exercises, you can use either a heavy weighted hula hoop or two hoops at a time.