What do all kids growing up in the 60s, 70x and 80x have in common? The HULA HOOP! But today it’s all about hula hoop exercise benefits for health and wellness. And there are plenty!
Ever since I had remembered me hooping, it was a lot of fun and always – a great adventure!
By the way, what color was your hoop?
Mine was a silver-blue fashioned by my brother with bright red glitter tape. Everyone was jealous!
Do you remember how after hooping for a while, your heart started beating faster, and the air felt so fresh on your cheeks?
It was like yesterday when with all our colorful hoops, we wanted badly impressed our friends and were spinning hoops around waist, neck, hips, hands, legs… Girls competed, performed tons of tricks, and, of course, played with few hoops at the same time. It was the whole show!
We waved to one another inviting others to our “circle” of hoopers. And the only “likes” we got then were the loud shouts of greeting and excitement! Life was simple.
We grew up and the good news that hula hoop is not just a popular children toy. It is a superb exercise targeting the whole body. You can start reaping all the health benefits of hula hoop exercise today.
What are they?
1. Does Hoop Exercise Work for Digestion?
A little biology lesson: your natural body detox system is a smart and very efficient machine. It is your “fantastic six”—liver, kidney, intestines, lung, skin and lymph. I have written about how it works and what are the challenges in the article “Natural Body Detox… or Else.”
How hooping can help?
Do you know that all professional hoopers have killer abs?
Yes. If you already practice spinning hoop around your midsection, you know that it build CORE STRENGTH because it is an enormous workout for your abdominal muscles.
Well, your muscular, digestive, respiratory, immune, lymphatic, and circulatory systems depend on each other.
When one is out of rhythm, others might suffer. That is why we have body HARMONY.
Opposite works as well—when one is getting “stronger,” it might affect your body other functions positively.
While hooping, the more you focus on specific rotations around the waist and areas just above and below, the more you improve circulation and process of elimination. It also massages your liver, kidneys, and intestines, which further enhance the digestion process.
So, want to have your gorgeous six-pack?
You should! I will help you poop better.
2. Benefits of Hula Hoop for Lymphatic Drainage
Want a robust immune system?
You’ve got to move your lymphatic fluids! Since there is no “engine” pumping circulation for your lymph—like the heart for your blood—it is 100% on you.
Read about ‘Lymph 101’ and ‘Lymphatic System: Who Is Who?’ in my post “How to Detox Lymphatic System: Easy, Quick and Fun!”
Your lymphatic and immune systems are interconnected. Lymph fluids pick waist from the cells and deliver nutrients—good stuff in, bad stuff out!
What happens if lymph is very slow?
Sooner or later cells will be suffering from lack of “good stuff” and having too much of its own “bad stuff.” Result?
It is the potential for common chronic conditions. And, of course, you don’t want it, do you?
But the good speed of your lymphatic fluids assures not only the delivery of nutrients, but also immune cells to combat infection. Where are they?
Well, you must MOVE to get your lymphatic system in motion and speed up its circulation. You need those muscle contractions to keep it going!
What are some areas with the highest number of lymph nodes?
First, while hooping, you keep pressing with intervals your muscles to get the hoop circling. Those contractions work as a pump for lymph circulation.
While hoop is spinning around your waist, it massages the abdominal section, which also results in muscle contractions. Double benefits to boost your lymph fluids!
So, get hooping to flush toxins out, stimulate your immune cells, and help your natural body detox system.
3. Super Boost for Detox – Hula Hoop and Rebounder
Want an extra kick for your lymphatic and immune system?
Let’s add rebounder to your hula hoop.
→ How I do it: every morning I am on my mini trampoline for 10 minutes and I hula hoop for 20 minutes. My exercise is two sets of the following:
- 10 minutes hooping with fast speed bump midway through for 2 minutes;
- 5 minutes rebounding
The total exercise time is 30 minutes. If you are in a hurry, stick with a 15-minutes routine but do it consistently. Remember: repetition is a mother of skill.
Why mini trampoline? Click here.
Don’t have rebounder?
While rebounding, those rocking movements up and down can “push” fluids through lymphatic vessels.
Also, if you are little “gassy” – you feel quickly how that “air” moves down to the exit!
So, don’t be shy—let those dogs out! Of course, rebounding helps to move not only the extra “air.” You know what I mean, don’t you?
You will get amazing benefits:
- Increasing of lymphatic flow
- Boosting immune function
- Increasing activity of white blood cells
- Optimizing body detoxification
- Influence elimination
Now, can you imagine combining rebounding and hooping? How about doing it daily?
Wow! Killer exercise for your natural body detox. It is double trouble for those stubborn toxins and a win-win for all your cells.
Pretty neat, right?
So, get rocking and get hooping!
4. Want More Benefits of Hula Hoop Exercise?
Hooping for detox is a superb benefit of this killer core workout.
But wait. There is more!
As ACE’s–American Council on Exercise–Chief Science Officer, Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D. said: “…hooping delivers a total-body workout that can improve flexibility and balance while strengthening the back, abdominal, arm and leg muscles.”
Tone Your Muscle
Do you know that hula hoop exercise can affect up to 30 different muscles? You can easily target specific areas of your body—hips, legs, arms, chest, glutes, knees, shoulders, and more.
To focus on different muscle groups, of course, you need hoops of different sizes and weights.
→ How I Do It: I prefer a variety of different moves outdoor because I love to roll my hoop like when we were kids. I also hula hoop with my arms, legs and a little around my neck. When it’s cold, I am hooping in my living room.
Balance and Coordination
Have difficulty concentrating?
Well, get the hoop!
Hula hooping tone not only your muscle but challenge your brains as well. Otherwise, you cannot keep your hoop spinning. It requires concentration, focus, and ongoing connection between your mind, abdominal, and your eyesight. So, spin or wobble your hula hoop!
Why we love aerobics? It is calorie burn activity. Right?
So, let’s add variety to your workouts through hula hooping. According to the American Council on Exercise—leading American authority on fitness—hula hooping can burn on average 210 calories during a 30-minutes of hula hooping exercise, which is equal to step aerobics or cardio kickboxing.
Well, want to maintain a healthy weight, tighten your hips, and get in shape? Buy your new hula hoop for the old child play. You will love it!
Why do we feel good after a workout?
Very simple: the brain produces endorphins, a so-called hormone of happiness, which gives us a sense of well-being and satisfaction. But there is something else.
Cedric X. Bryant added:
What most important for me? It is a reminder about my childhood, and it is an instant joy!
So, get your hula hoop and keep smiling!
5. For Body and Soul. Join The Revolution!
If there is one craze I am crazy about, it’s the hula hooping!
There is a hula hoop epidemic sweeping everywhere like wildfire. Who are the players? Girls growing up in the 60x, 70x and 80s who remember their favorite childhood toy.
Today we are health and fitness-minded and we want our hoops back! Hula hoops for exercise, body, and soul.
Why do we want it?
- Improve immune system
- Pump lymphatic system
- Influence digestion and elimination
- Total body workout
- Tone your muscles
- Strengthen core and spine
- Shed extra pounds
- Boost circulation
- Improve balance and coordination
- Keep your great mood
It is not easy to be a hooping star, but you can grab your hoop and keep spinning.
Now you know all about hula hoop exercise benefits for health and wellness. So, train your abs with hoop chasing, give your detox a boost and get hula hoop six-pack abs. Swing your hula hoop to the music, be creative, relax and most important—HAVE FUN!
I invite you to enlighten us with your thoughts. Leave them below.
Founder of Detox Generation
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