Fitness expert Helga Williams loves the Mirafit hula hoop! Here she writes a great guide for getting started with this fantastic piece of kit.

Get Fit - The Fun Way

Does hula hooping seem like more play than a workout to you? Well, I have good news. If you are bored of crunches and conventional ab exercises, hula hooping provides an alternative which is fun and effective. Whether you are fit and wanting to tone your core to rock hard status or your aim is to lose weight, hooping will assist in reaching your goals.

Hula hooping is a great aerobic activity burning calories and keeping your abs engaged throughout the entire workout. Crunches generally only focus on either the upper or lower abdominals whereas hula hooping engages the entire core; upper, lower, transverse abdominals and obliques.

Keeping a hula-hoop in action forces you to contract your abdominals and use your back. You will therefore not only improve your core and back strength but also improve posture and balance. The pelvic circular movements will also increase flexibility.

Out Of Practice? No Problem

Don’t worry if it has been a while since you have had a hoop to those hips, just keep it consistent and you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

Start by swinging the hoop clockwise as long as you can and then change direction to a counter clockwise movement. Repeat a few times and increase the duration of each set as you get stronger. To keep the hoop around your waist, move your hips in a forward and backward motion as opposed to a circling movement. Keep your hands in front of you to keep from swinging your upper body around too much. To further isolate your abs, concentrate on keeping your lower body steady.

This fun workout need only be done for ten minutes a day to start your journey to a tight core. To intensify your body conditioning and move to next level fitness you can increase your workout length and try the following:

Walk while you hula hoop

Push your buttocks out a little to intensify the muscle work

Turn around on the spot while the hoop is spinning

Change up the pace. You can make the hoop spin faster and slower by exaggerating your movements.

Once you start trying a few different tricks you might want to stay clear of breakable objects and ensure you have plenty of space for both you and your hoop to move around. We do not recommend practicing your hooping in the kitchen or near the dining room table. Don’t say we didn’t warm you.

Happy hooping!

woman with a hula hoop