Hoop It Out!
Hooping is cardio without counting. Hooping improves core strength, tones your stomach, arms, thighs and butt, is a low-impact, high-energy workout that can burn approximately 400 - 600 calories in an hour.
What Can Hoops Do For You?
Hooping is also an excellent way to relieve the stresses and strains of everyday life. Not only does your body benefit, hooping also improves your balance and posture, increases coordination and improves flexibility. Some people report an increase in self esteem and libido. Hooping is good for your body and good for your soul. And it makes you smile!
Contemporary hooping refers to artistic movements or freestyle dance using the hoop as a partner or prop, usually done to music. Hooping incorporates tricks and moves from many current trends, including rhythmic gymnastics, belly dancing, fire dancing, hip-hop, and Salsa dancing. There is no limit to what can be incorporated into a hula hoop dance routine.
- As a Practice
Hooping has a spiritual side also. As a perfect circle, the hoop is the ancient symbolfor gnosis (knowledge with wisdom). lt is the symbol of infinitude, the snake that eats its own tale, the cycle of death and rebirth, and the change within the Whole. The circle has long been used for delineating a sacred space. Whirling in the Sufitradition (Whirling Dervishes) encourages a union with the divine.
- Body Toning
A regular hooping practice will improve your core strength and tone your arms, midsection, thighs, and derriere to name a few. Anecdotal stories and personaltestimonies abound about how hooping helps to lose weight, increase stamina, and improve balance and coordination. All while having fun.
- Back Pain Relief
Hooping has helped some people relieve back pain. Too much hunching over a computer or slouching watching TV takes it toll on your back. Stress and anxiety further add to our bodies and backs "hunkering down." Hooping makes your hips more fluid and helps to massage and loosen your lower back muscles thereby lessening back pain. Consult your physician before hooping, particularly if you experience any back pain.