How to Learn the Hula Hoop

Written by stephanie loleng
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How to Learn the Hula Hoop
LED hula hoops (flickr user=otherthings:cc;nc,sa)

Even though hula hooping brings back memories of childhood and is often considered a sport left for the kids, it has evolved into a legitimate form of exercise for many who want to have fun while staying in shape. With the right type of hoop and the right mindset, hula hooping can be an excellent form of cardiovascular activity to add to your weekly dose of staying in shape. It's also fun once you get the hang of it.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • hula hoop--either light or heavy

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    How to Hula Hoop

  1. 1

    Stand straight with knees slightly bent and slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. If you are a beginner, it may help to have one foot slightly ahead of the other.

  2. 2

    Hold the hula hoop up at your waist. With each hand on either side, spin the hula hoop counterclockwise and let go.

  3. 3

    You want to move your hips and the rest of your body with the motion of the hoop and place your arms up over your head. It will take a few tries before you can successfully move the hoop around your body.

Tips and warnings

  • Try to relax while moving your body with the motion of the hoop. If you are too stiff, the hoop will likely fall to the ground.
  • Using a larger and heavier hoop is easier for beginners and also provides more resistance, making it better for cardio exercise.
  • Consult your doctor before any vigorous exercise.

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