Can Hula Hooping Slim Your Waist?

Reviewed on 3/12/2021
Including hula hooping in your daily routine may help you burn calories, shed fat, and tone your muscles for a slim waist.
Including hula hooping in your daily routine may help you burn calories, shed fat, and tone your muscles for a slim waist.

Including hula hooping in your daily routine may help you burn calories, shed fat, and tone your muscles for a slim waist. In addition to the overall weight loss, it also tones and trains the muscles in the belly area. Tightening the muscles in this area can sculpt the overall shape of your waist.

  • To slim your waist, you must shed body fat by burning calories. Any type of activity that gets your heart rate up is effective, and hula hooping is the most fun way to do that.
  • A study by the American Council on Exercise found that hooping burns about seven calories per minute or about 210 calories during a 30-minute workout in an average human being.
  • It’s one of the best workouts for abs.
  • It's a brilliant way of working all your core muscles to clinch you in at the waist and help you lose weight.
  • You need very little space to do it. Hula hooping is a cardio workout as well as a core muscle exercise. You can do it in front of the television, and a weighted hoop will help you burn more calories and lose weight faster, especially near the waistline.
  • As per studies, women using a weighted hoop lost on average 3.4 cm from their waist and 1.4 cm from their hips in just 6 weeks.

What are the common benefits of hula hooping?

The common benefits may include:

  • According to the American Council on Exercise, hula hooping can burn over 400 calories per hour. It can burn even more if you add in arms movements or weights. This is almost equal to treadmill workouts. You can burn the same number of calories on a treadmill after an hour as hula hooping.
  • In addition to burning stomach fat, hula hooping can help tone the muscles of your midsection abs, obliques, hips, and lower back. To see results, experts say you will need to hula hoop for at least 10 minutes a day.
  • A simple hula hoop for around 15 minutes increases your heartbeats. 15-30 minutes of hula hooping a day strengthens your heart muscles and allows it to pump blood throughout your body more efficiently. In turn, this allows your heart to beat faster and lowers your blood pressure.
  • While performing hula hooping, we make very rhythmic rocking movements forward and backward, shifting your weight along the way. This kind of movement releases the tension of the muscles surrounding the lower part of the back and realigns it with the rest of the spine. As a result, blood flow to the spine improves and total flexibility of the spine is increased.
  • Hula hooping can be very similar to meditation, surprisingly. The rocking and rhythm cause relaxation and cause deep breathing. The repetitive motion is smooth. Also, it takes a certain level of concentration for hula hooping, which trains your mind as well.
  • The rhythmic movements of the hula hoop around your waist and hips are going to eventually feel like a massage. This is because the weight of the hoop is gently pressing into the muscles, increasing the blood flow, and helping oxygen get to the muscles. This can help you recover from more grueling workouts even faster and you are having fun while doing it.
  • All that wiggling, shimmying, and shaking is bound to get you sweaty and smiling. Whenever your heart rate increases, your body will release endorphins. Endorphins are mood-boosting hormones.

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References
Goodman B. Hula Hoop Workouts Burn Calories. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20110210/hula-hoop-workouts-burn-calories

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