If you're like me and you absolutely can't get yourself to go to a sweaty gym, keep on reading! I got myself a workout hula hoop 3 months ago - no, not that plastic one from when I was a kid - and let me tell you this: it's life changing! It's fun, it's a full body workout, and it trains everything from your abs to your thighs. It is amazing and I'm so happy about it that I just have to share it with you guys.
As a total gym-hater and the least sporty girl around, I wondered if I was ever going to find a workout that I did like. I happed to come across a work out hula Hoop online (Bol.com, it's a Dutch webshop) and I thought: this could be fun. I can do it at home, whenever I want and for as long as I want. I got it the next day, clicked the hoop together and started hooping right away.
This Hula Hoop weighs 1,8 kilos and it's got wavy cushion-like parts on the inside which helps blood circulation and it kinda massages your muscles too. It's pretty hard at first and it will leave you with bruises the first few times. Almost 2 kilo's is a lot to keep in the air, but it's fun at the same time! Here's what I started training:
Abs and back muscles
I used to have very weak back muscles, whereas I've always had pretty good abs, but that's because I've got little fat on my stomach. It's not because I've been training my abs, because I literally didn't work out at all. Hooping around the waist while your hips make a circular motion will train your lower and upper back as well as your abs.
This is where you bruise the easiest, around your hips bones. Keeping the hula hoop around your hips is already a bit more difficult, so it's easier when you make bigger circular motions with your hips. When you slow down, the hoop will go lower and lower, but you'll have to tense all the muscles in your body to keep the hoop up and going.. The lower you go, the more intense the hooping gets :)
Butt and thighs
The wider your legs are apart, the easier it is to keep the hoop going. You can make circular motions or move your hips from side to side or back and forth. Side to side will focus more on the sides of your butt and thighs, whereas moving it back and forth will focus on the front and back. Hooping this low will definitely get your heart rate up and make you sweat, like I said, it's intense! But if you'd like to tone your butt and upper legs, as well as reduce cellulite, it's an amazing and fun workout to do!
After you're done with your workout, you'll probably bright red from hooping but that's a good sign. It means that your blood circulation is good! Hooping for 20 minutes can burn up to 300 calories and it's a great way to build muscles and lose fat. And did I mention it's fun to do?! Just put on a playlist and hoop everything from your abs to your legs, I promise you you'll feel great and you'll want to do it again the next day :)
Posted by Malu Swartjes on 19 March 2017