We sometimes get asked if weighted hula hooping is safe and more specifically, can they damage your internal organs such as the kidneys? Weighted hooping is a new fitness trend that a lot of people are unfamiliar with, despite years of using traditional hula hoops in their youth. In this article, we explore if weighted hoops damage kidneys.
If you ask most people where their kidneys are located they wouldn't be able to tell you! They can be found deep in the abdomen of the body, strongly protected by muscles, spine and lower rib cage. Due to this location of the kidneys, it's often very difficult to do damage to them, with only serious incidents such as car accidents or penetrating injury with a blunt weapon or bullet! If even light bruising or injury occurs to the kidneys the effects can be serious, with blood in urine and extreme pain being associated. Despite this most medical professionals including your local GP will say that heavy hula hooping won't create such damage.
In saying that, there are certain conditions that can cause issues when smart hula hooping.
Pregnancy: Here at Hourglass Waist we do not recommend waist training or smart hula hooping when pregnant. Medical professions will suggest little to no physical exercise when pregnant and even after birth we recommend waiting for at least three months before starting to exercise or use a hula hoop.
Bleeding illnesses: If you're one of the select few that suffer from bleeding disorders then we don't recommend using a weighted hoop, especially if you're taking blood-thinning medication! If you're someone who bruises from hula hooping then we suggest starting out with the lightest smart hoop.
Prior spinal or joint injury: As the human body ages, it experiences natural wear and tears due to physical activities, especially in certain joints and muscles which experience repetitive movement. Despite weighted hoops focusing mostly on the core area, it can have a slightly negative effect on a small number of peoples' backs. This is true for those with a medical history of back issues and who might use a too heavy hula hoop when first starting out. If you do experience back pain when hula hooping this could be an underlying sign of a neurological symptom, especially if you get a tingling sensation in your hand! If you do experience any of these signs book an appointment to see your local GP.
In conclusion, using a smart hoop won't damage your kidneys or other internal organs, this is true for both adults and children who hula hoop. Follow some of the steps below to ensure your safety when using a weighted hoop!
Here are some important ways to stay safe when weighted hooping:
- Ensure you don't use a hoop that is too heavy when first starting out! It's best to go with a lighter hula hoop and build up the weight from there.
- Stay away from cheap knockoff hula hoops which often cause bruising and discomfort when in use.
- Just like any new exercise routine, it's best not to go too hard too early. Keep your hula hooping session around 5 - 10 minutes when first starting. After a month of regular smart hooping you will be able to go for up to 30 - 40 minutes!
- Ensure to give your body plenty of rest and appropriate foods for muscle recovery. Failure to do so can cause bruising and place unwanted stress on the body's muscles.
- Keeping your body relaxed and loose when using a weighted hoop will ensure no stress and tension builds up in the muscles of the back, or around the spine.
Using a heavy hoop for exercise is a great way to lose weight, if you're interested in your own weighted hula check out some of our customer reviews to get an idea of the results you can obtain with smart hooping.