Do weighted hula hoops actually work?

Most people love the idea of hula hooping. It’s a fun activity for the whole family. Not as easy as it looks and some are better at it than others! But hula hooping as a form of exercise? Is that really a thing?

Woman using a weighted hula hoop for exercise

Hula hooping is in fact a great form of exercise. Weighted hula hoops add extra resistance and its easier to keep the momentum going than with a light, non weighted one which allows for a more effective workout. Not only does hula hooping get the heart pumping, offering a great cardio workout, it also works multiple muscle groups so you get a full body workout from your hula hooping session. In order to keep the hula hoop moving, your core muscles must engage which is great for strengthening your abs and obliques but that’s not all. Rotating your body to keep the hula hoop going also engages your lower body muscles including the glues, quads, hamstrings and calves, which strengthens them.

Does hula hooping burn belly fat?

Once you get the hang of it, hula hooping is a very effective way of burning calories and done consistently, this form of exercise can reduce fat around the hips, abdomen and waist. The health benefits that follow include reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and lowering blood pressure levels and ldl cholesterol. As it’s a great aerobic activity, it’s good for your heart and lung health and boosts blood circulation.

Are weighted hula hoops safe?

Weighted hula hoops provide a fun, effective workout. As it’s a low impact form of exercise, it’s suitable for young and old and it won’t put any strain on the joints. Make sure your hula hoop is an appropriate weight for you and as a beginner, make your sessions short, 5-10 minutes, to avoid getting sore around your waist and abdomen. As you get used to hula hooping, you can increase the length of your workouts. Make sure you wear suitable clothing. Avoid baggy tops as these will make it more difficult for you. A tight fitting tee shirt and leggings or shorts would be ideal. As with any form of exercise, it’s always best to check with your health care professional before using a weighted hula hoop particularly if you have any injuries or back problems.