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Five Healthy Benefits of Hula-Hooping

By In Classes On July 16, 2012


Hula-hooping — or hooping — has been around for hundreds of years, and it’s easy to understand why, considering hooping is not only a fun way to exercise, but it’s healthy, inexpensive, and convenient, too!
One may think hooping is just for kids, but adults have also joined in on the twirling fun and are experiencing the various health benefits that hula-hooping offers.
Here are five of the many reasons to begin hooping:
1.CORE STRENGTHENING & MUSCLE TONE
Hooping works about 30 muscles in and around the body’s core. It also helps stabilize low-back muscles and can help with low-back pain.
2. CARDIOVASCULAR ENDURANCE
Hooping is a low-impact activity that can help regulate body weight and build cardiovascular endurance. One hour of hooping is equivalent to an hour-long run on a treadmill.
3. IMPROVED JOINT HEALTH
When hooping, movement into the spine is introduced which moves nutrients into the intervertebral discs. Hooping also helps improve posture, therefore, balances muscle tone and reduces wear and tear on the joints.
4. BURNS FAT
Hooping requires the use of some of the largest muscles in the body. These muscles require a large amount of energy to be used, forcing the body to burn fat stores.
5. IMPROVES MOOD
Because hooping is so much fun and doesn’t feel like the task of exercising, this activity is known to lift spirits and raise confidence. Then, seeing and feeling to improvements to the body from hula-hopping also helps increase good feelings! 
So, why not grab your hoop, turn up your favorite tunes, and have some hooping fun to improve your health!
Need a hula-hoop? You can order a pretty custom-made one (adult and child sizes) at Life’s Journey Yoga & Wellness Center! Call (904) 276-3116

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