Hooping or hula hooping, also known as hoop dance is a combination of technical movements, mixed with freestyle (free expression), and classical dance moves. Hula hoops most often come in various forms of plastic (PE, PEX, polycarbonate, polypropylene) but can also come in either metal or wood. Hula hooping today is a much different activity from the classic toy crazy of your childhood. Modern 'hoopers' (people who hoop), on average, use hula hoops that are much larger in diameter and heavier than the toy hoops you will find at your local children's toy store (especially if you are a beginner).
Many of hula hoopers enjoy playing with more than one hoop at a time. Today you find hoopers using hula hoops for both 'on-body' moves: spinning the hoop around their hips, shoulders, chest, legs, knees, forehead, and neck as well as 'off-body' moves: spinning them around their arms, hands, thumbs, feet, toes, noses, and if you have enough hair even their buns! Hula hooping is also a form of object manipulation. Having many ties with juggling, and over the years, a new style has immerged called 'tech,' where you can see hoopers creating some mind-boggling moves!
Hooping today is a part of what is known as the 'flow arts.' Where we use 'skill toys' artistically to develop dynamic, fluid, and sequential moves, such movements and the related state of mind are known as 'flow.' Throughout the years, ' numerous art forms have profoundly influenced the sport of hula hooping, such as rhythmic gymnastics, freestyle dancing, capoeira, fire performance, hip-hop, twirling, poi, yoga, and other forms of dance in addition to traditional fitness practices. Thus the sport of hooping is a combination of art, freedom of expression, and fitness.
The Benefits of Hula Hooping
Hula hooping has many benefits hooping aids in improving joint health the rhythmic, oscillatory nature of hooping helps mobilize your joints, especially those joints in your spine. Osteopaths, chiropractors, and other manual medicine practitioners all hail the merits of regular joint mobilization as a means of achieving optimal joint health. Hula hooping is a simple and effective exercise that does just that.
Hooping improves your cardiovascular health, burning tons of calories over time. A 2010 study by the American Council on Exercise found that hula hooping burns about seven calories per minute, roughly 210 calories during a 30-minute workout!
Around the world, hula hooping has become popular as a fun fitness activity and is a low impact form of exercise often associated with the disciplines of Pilates and yoga. Helping you strengthen your core, find your balance, and gives you grace in your movements. It is a great way to get into or stay in shape. I highly recommend giving it a try, especially for those moms out there looking for a postpartum exercise to tone up your abs after pregnancy.