If ever there was a league table for fun ways to get fit, hula hooping would be right at the top!
Whether it’s the long-forgotten playtime of your childhood days, or a favourite activity of your children’s right now, hooping is a fantastic way to work up a sweat with a smile.
And with hundreds of videos on YouTube and elsewhere online, it’s something you can do whenever you want at home, without taking up too much space.
When you first start out, make sure you buy an adult hoop rather than a children’s one. Larger, weighted hoops are slower and easier to keep momentum when spinning, so are great for beginners – and the weight will add extra resistance too, making it a more effective workout. Make sure the hoop reaches at least your belly button when it’s stood on the floor, so you have a big enough turning circle when hooping.
If you want to hoop in the company of others, there are plenty of classes across the country, with different variations such as Powerhoop classes that incorporate squats, lunges, walking and arm exercises as well as hooping around your waist.