Well, it has been almost a month since I started my hula-hooping experiment. I have been hooping faithfully for 20 minutes a day since January 7th, take away 4 days for not feeling well. When I posted my two-week progress post I mentioned that I would be giving an update on my measurements. I can happily report that I have lost 1/2 of an inch around my hips. My waist and my stomach measurements haven’t budged, but hey – a half inch still isn’t bad, right? I honestly don’t attribute that loss on any other exercise, either. I’ve been measuring my hips, waist and stomach for ages and my hips have always been stuck on the same number. Hula-hooping is the only thing I can think of that would have caused a loss in that area because that’s where I’ve been targeting that exercise. So, overall I’m pretty pleased.
Several posts ago I also mentioned that I’d checked out a hula-hooping dvd from the library called Hoopnotica: Hoopdance Basics for Beginners:
If you are a true beginner – as in, are unable to get the hoop to stay on your hips then you would benefit from this dvd. Among other things, this dvd explains the following:
- How to keep the hoop moving around your middle.
- How to move the hoop up and down your torso in a fluid motion.
- How to turn in a circle while hula-hooping.
- Also, how to side-step and spin around while hooping.
- Beginning tricks used for hoopdancing.
- Also, after each lesson a troubleshooting guide if it’s ‘just not working’.
There are other dvds as well although I haven’t seen any of them. I would imagine they are more advanced and incorporate dance routines using the hula-hoop. Truthfully, at this moment I’m completely satisfied just doing an occasional spin and side-stepping while using my hoop. If I should ever decide to join a band of gypsies and tour North America for money then I may decide to mix up my routine a bit. Until then, I’m good.
It’s still easy, still fun and still doesn’t feel like exercise even after a month of use. I’ve leveled off my calorie burn, which is still around 76 calories per 20 minute session and I’ve lost 1/2 an inch. By the way, my stomach muscles are a lot tighter than they were but I cannot say if the hoop contributed to that (although I’m sure it didn’t hurt any) because I’ve been doing a lot of core work the last couple of months.
Overall, not bad for a $26 investment. I’d recommend this exercise for anyone who is recovering from an injury and/or needs low impact exercises for a specific reason however, make sure to ask your doctor first if this would be all right as part of your exercise routine.