Fitness hula hoop

Published on February 15th, 2014 | by Margaret Pardoe


Hula Hooping

Did you have a hula hoop as a child?

Its made a big comeback as a really fun form of exercise – at least it will be when I can make it stay up for more than half a rotation!

The exercise hoops are bigger and heavier than the toys of our childhood, although they come in lots of sizes and weights, and you can even hoop in a class now, as well as at home.

Fans of hula hooping include Kelly Brook, Pink and Kelly Osbourne. Kelly Osbourne tweeted ‘I’m all about Hula-hooping right now!’ ……. ‘5mins in the morning 5 mins at night… in 5 days I lost 2 inches from my waistline!’

So what size and weight of hoop to get?

Well – Thinner and/or smaller = lighter and faster. Thicker and/or larger = heavier and slower.

Most beginners will feel comfortable in a hoop that is somewhere between 40 and 44 inches in diameter.  If you’re already familiar with creative movement such as belly dancing, modern dance, ballroom or club, or are athletic and fit, you can usually start with a smaller hoop.

Otherwise stick with the 42” .

Finally factor in body type:

If you’re overweight, add 2 to 4 inches.

But if you’re shorter than 5’4” and/or very slim, take 2-4 inches off your hoop size.

If you’re having  trouble keeping your hoop up, it’s probably too small – just get a bigger one for now.


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About the Author

Margaret Pardoe

first trained and practiced as a State Registered Nurse and State Certified Midwife in the UK, and thereafter, as a Master Herbalist, Registered Iridologist and Accredited Journey Therapist. More recently she trained as a Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner with co-founder and creator of NLP, Richard Bandler. She has a lifetime of experience in both allopathic and alternative medicine and in mind/body healing techniques.

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