The Hula Hoop: A New And Fun Way To Lose Weight

How many of you out there remember the large plastic ring you put around your waist and twisted and turned trying to keep it around your waist? It was very popular in the 1950’s, made by Whamo and was called a hula hoop. It looked easy when you saw someone doing it during an advertisement on the television and you begged your parents to get you one. But, unfortunately, it was not as easy as it looked.

Now it is making a come back as the hottest trend in weight loss. It may be hard to believe but if you can manage to do the hula hoop for any length of time you are expending about the same energy as you would if you walked four to five miles per hour. The length of time you are suppose to hula hoop was not mentioned but I would say it should be more than five minutes.
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It is also becoming a group exercise that is choreographed. They did a study on sixteen women that ranged in age from sixteen to fifty nine years of age who regularly went to this type of group exercise classes. After completing their thirty minute class the researchers measured the women’s heart rate, rate of physical exertion, and oxygen consumption. They found that the average heart rate was one hundred fifty one beats a minute for the thirty minute class. The calories expended were about two hundred ten calories for the thirty minute class. In conclusion, this type of class was enough to help people to control their body weight so let’s get hooping everyone.

Hula-Hoop re-emerging as a new weight-loss tool
Chicago Sun-Times, on Sat, 04 Jun 2011 21:26:20 -0700

The HulaHoop, which became popular in the 1950s, is re-emerging as a hot trend in weight loss, a study says. “Hooping” expends the same amount of energy as walking 4 to 4.5 mph — enough to help a person firm up and slim down, according to the 

 

Hula-Hoop Might Help Shed Unwanted Pounds
The Female Fan, on Fri, 03 Jun 2011 15:28:55 -0700

FRIDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) — The HulaHoop, a large ring that can be gyrated around the waist, gained intense popularity in the 1950s and now it seems to be re-emerging as a hot trend in weight loss, a new study has found. 

 

Hula-Hoop Might Help Shed Unwanted Pounds
Doctors Lounge, on Fri, 03 Jun 2011 14:10:42 -0700

FRIDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) — The HulaHoop, a large ring that can be gyrated around the waist, gained intense popularity in the 1950s and now it seems to be re-emerging as a hot trend in weight loss, a new study has found.