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1.6kg weighted hula hoops are the perfect exercise tool for burning calories around the waistline, hips and tummy! Burning over 80 - 100 calories in just 10 minutes!
What are weighted hula hoops?
We all remember the regular hoop from the childhood playground but what is a heavy hoop? The name is a dead giveaway, heavy hoops are bigger and heavier than a traditional hoop! Used in fitness classes to help provide variety but also give a strong cardio workout. Only a few minutes a day with a core balance hoop can give you an intense cardio workout, activating the core and hip muscles in the process! Weighted hula hoops are fun and can be utilised as a form of exercise for people of all ages and sex, there are also several added benefits to hooping such as improved balance, hand-eye coordination & muscle memory.
Some of the benefits of weighted hoops are:
Increase cardiovascular fitness - When you use a smart hoop you find a steady rhythm with your body and the movement of the hoop. During this process, your heart rate increases, blood flow increases and the lungs work harder! This increase in our cardiovascular fitness lowers diabetes & heart disease risk whilst improving brain functions, cholesterol levels, and overall fitness.
Burning tummy fat - Hooping requires your core muscles to be activated to get the hoop to spin across your waist and hips, in this process your burning tummy fat. The consistent back and forth motion in the smart hula activates core muscles, do this for 5 minutes and you will be burning away tummy fat and lose weight.
Trims your waistline - Burn away those love handles with a smart hoop! A study conducted in 2015 followed 13 women who regularly used a weighted hula hoop, the results found that over a 6-week period the women lost 3.4cm of fat around their waist and a further 1.4cm across the hips. It's no surprise, the motion of spinning your smart hula is consistently activating your core and hip muscles, helping to burn calories in those targeted areas.
Relax your mind - The motion of spinning a heavy hula is a fun and relaxing activity. The consistent motion of your hips forward and back places you in a hypnotic, zen state, where your sensory are focused on maintaining the hula whilst your other everyday thoughts of the past and future melt away. Being present in the moment like this is known as mindfulness and is associated with meditation. So next time you feel stressed or depressed try out a heavy hoop for 5 minutes, guarantee you will feel refreshed and in an overall better mood, don't believe us? Check out some of our reviews and read for yourself.
Strengthen back muscles & improve posture - If you have slouched shoulder and poor posture you will suffer from several issues later in life. The best way to improve posture is to strengthen the back muscles! When using a heavy hoop you are activating the muscle in your back, this also promotes blood flow to the spine. As your back muscles strengthen you will find it easier and more natural to have a better posture.
How long should you use a smart hoop?
For first-timers to heavy hooping, it's best to start with 5 minutes on a 1.6 -2kg hoop, 5 times a day for two weeks before building up the time frame another 5 minutes. After a few months, you will find you can hula for 20 - 30 minutes without the need for a break! Once you build up to this fitness level you can move onto a weighted hula hoop at 5kg heavy. Repeat the process, starting at 5 mins and building up to 30mins, then move once again onto a heavier hoop.
Are Weighted Hula Hoops Safe?
In most cases using a weighted hula hoop Australia is 100% safe to use. It's always important to use the correct size that is appropriate for your weight, fitness level and overall strength. If you are unsure, it's always best to go for something lighter than a heavier hoop, this will also ensure little to no bruising occurs. If you feel uncomfortable or in pain when hooping then stop immediately.
If you're just starting on your fitness journey or have past kidney concerns or injuries, it's best to inquire with your GP before using your heavy hoop. This is especially true if you have a history of hip pain or issues.
When you use a smart hoop you burn away calories and fat around the tummy & waist, this can be seen in before and after shots. To hula correctly, you need to have good posture & ensure your body weight is fully supported. Keep your legs shoulder-width apart, and keep a natural, steady breathing pattern. This will help to decrease any injuries from occurring. Ensure your neck, back and shoulders are all relaxed, lift the hoop and spin. Once the motion has begun keep the momentum going with your arms and hips swinging slightly. Keep your hands raised and feet planted to keep stabilised and balanced.
Follow the steps when hooping:
- Ensure your feet are planted firmly on the ground.
- Keep your chin raised and back straight with good posture.
- Keep your neck and shoulders relaxed.
- Plant your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Keep your back and stomach relaxed and unclinched to ensure comfort.
- Maintain a natural and comfortable breathing pattern.
Does hooping make your booty bigger?
Often we hear how hooping helps to burn calories and trim the fat around the tummy and waist region, but did you know that hoops also make your booty bigger! The spinning motion of using a weighted hula hoop activates the glute muscles, helping to melt fat away, shaping and toning your behind. Using a waist trainer or weight vest help to add extra pressure. This means more energy is required, burning calories and fat, whilst building and strengthening the glutes, core and hips. Ladies if you're looking to get a little more junk in the trunk then a heavy hoop is for you.
Does a smart hoop help you lose love handles?
A weighted hoop is a great tool that can assist you in burning away those love handles. Exercising with a weighted hula hoop Australia helps to tone the core and trim away fat on the hips. Multiple studies have been done which show that 30 minutes of hooping will burn over 200 calories of fat.
Can kids use them?
Kids of all ages can use a smart hoop but remember that size and strength plays a big role. Ensure that the weight of the hula isn't too much for the child to handle. As discussed injuries can happen when the weight is too great.
Remember, if you are new to weighted hula hoops it's important to listen to your body. Make sure to check with your doctor if you have a history of hip-related issues. If your body is ready for a heavy hula, then you might be interested in learning some workouts you can do, check out our blog article here.
Weighted Hula Hoops Workout for Beginners
The Side to Side Stretch
If your looking for a way to warm up and stretch out your muscles then the side to side stretch with your heavy hula hoop is a great option. Before any workout you should always stretch, this can even be done while you watch TV.
To do the side to side stretch simply hold your weighted hula hoop in the air in front of you. Next, gently move the hoop from side to side, loosening & stretching your muscles.
This is a well-known hula pose and is great for building better balance and strength. Simply hula as usual but place one foot in front of the other.
This may be a little difficult at first but after a little practice, you will be able to hoop with either foot in front of the other.
Similar to the forward stance, this exercise involves hooping with your feet slightly shoulder length apart. This pose activates unique muscles within the glutes and hamstrings, helping to build flexibility and power.
Hooping with arms
To hula with your arm is very simple, place your arm in the air with the hoop through the middle. Begin twisting and turning your arm to twirl the hoop. This is an awesome exercise for toning the arm and burning away fat.
You can perform this exercise with each individual arm, or place both arms in the hoop to work them at the same time.
This exercise involves spinning the weighted hula hoop around your leg. To do this simply place the hoop on your ankle, keep your feet apart and start a circular motion to spin. You will have to slightly lift your leg out to give you space for the hoop to spin.
This is a great exercise to build coordination, improve balance and burn fat on the legs and thighs! Repeat this on each leg for about 10 minutes for a great workout
This is a more advanced exercise but it's well worth it. Twirl the hoop around your waist, next slowly begin to squat down, then back up. As you squat downward you will need to maintain the motion of the hoop, keeping it stable and spinning.
Just like traditional squats, this exercise helps to strengthen the glutes, hamstrings and legs. While the heavy hula spinning motion activates the core muscles.