It doesn't matter how old you are, what size you are, or where you live;
you can enjoy hooping. It's a healthy activity that can benefit all
aspects of your life. I'm going to share with you what I've learned;
from beginner to advanced, hooping can be for everyone.
Why should I start hooping?
Hula hooping is a low-impact workout that tones your abs, thighs, glutes, and arms. It also helps to improve your coordination and balance. Some studies have even shown that hooping can boost your immune system! And don't forget: it's fun! Hooping is a great way to express yourself and meet new people at any age or stage in your life.
What is a hoop made of?
Hula hoops are typically made from two materials:
Plastic and polyethylene tubing. Plastic tubing has been around for decades, and it is still in use today. The only downside is that plastic can be very heavy in comparison to the newer material: polyethylene tubing.
Hoops made of polyethylene are nearly 30% lighter than their plastic counterparts, which is great for anyone who has trouble hooping with a heavy hoop. It's also more durable because it has less chance of cracking or snapping -- especially important if you have kids!
What size should my hoop be?
The best way to find a hoop that's just your size is to borrow a friend's or visit a
hoop shop. There, you can try out different sized hoops until you discover which one
is most comfortable for you. But if you don't have access to another person's hoop or a store, you can use this guide to find the best hoop size for your body type.
Extra Small: If you are 4'8" or shorter and under 100 lbs, try an x-small hoop.
Small: If you are between 4'9"-5'3" and weigh less than 140 lbs, you're a perfect candidate for a small hoop.
Medium: If you are between 5'4"-5'10" and weigh less than 180 lbs., then a medium-sized hoop might be your best bet.
Large: If you are over 5'11" or weigh more than 180 lbs., a large hoop might be the best fit.
How do I keep my hoop from falling?
This is where things can get complicated because everyone's body is different and so is every hooper's style of play. The trick to keeping your hoop up is finding a stance that works for you. For example, if you're a beginner, you might try squatting with your knees at a 90-degree angle. As you become more skilled at hooping, you may find it easier to stand upright with your knees slightly bent. No matter what position you take when hooping, make sure that your whole body -- from heels to hip bones -- is working together to keep the hoop spinning. If you're having trouble, try these tips:
Stand with your back against a wall; this will help you find your center of gravity.
Hold your hoop diagonally across your chest -- never cross it! You want both arms to be free at all times. That way, you'll be able to switch arm positions when needed. Practice, practice, practice! Hooping is a skill that requires patience and consistency.
What should I do after I hoop?
Now that you're hooked on hooping (ahem!), it's time to get your own hoop or find a new one! If you're looking for a new hoop, visit the online store on this website: www.hoopnotica.com/store! You can order hoops and accessories that will help you to become a better hooper, including videos and books by me, Andrea of Hoopnotica.