When people think of hula hooping, they generally don’t consider the fitness benefits associated with this activity, as they instead focus on the entertainment aspects of things. Whilst hula hoop exercises are incredibly enjoyable, it is also an absolutely fantastic way of burning fat and improving your aerobic conditioning in the process. Hula hooping targets your core, your legs, your arms, your buttocks, and various other muscle groups as well, and it is an activity that can be performed pretty much anywhere. Those of you who are new to it may experience slight bruising at first, but don’t worry, this is perfectly normal, and the more you do it, the less the bruising will occur, until it disappears altogether. Here we’ll take a look at some of the benefits of hula hooping, as well as which muscles it targets, and how it should be performed correctly.

 

"Those of you who are new to it may experience slight bruising at first, but don’t worry, this is perfectly normal, and the more you do it, the less the bruising will occur, until it disappears altogether. Here we’ll take a look at some of the benefits of hula hooping, as well as which muscles it targets, and how it should be performed correctly."

 

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Which muscles does hula hooping target?

 

Primarily hula hoop exercises are particularly good for targeting muscles in your core, I.E your abdominal muscles and your obliques. This is because you utilize these stabilizer muscles when you are hula hooping and rotating the hoop around your midriff. In order to keep the hoop rotating however, you should move your hips forwards and backwards, instead of in a circular movement, like many people tend to do. Other muscles that are targeted are your hamstrings, your glutes, and your quads. You can work these muscles whilst slowly squatting down whilst spinning the hoop around your waist, although it may take a while to master the technique. If you have the hoop in place around your buttocks, when you do rotate it, if you pick up the pace you will quickly feel a burning sensation in your glutes, which will indicate that the exercise is working as it should.

 

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How does it help with fat burning?

 

There are two ways in which hula hoop exercises burn fat. The first way is simply the fact that it functions as a great form of aerobic exercise, so when you pick up the pace, your heart rate increases, and you really burn off the calories. The second reason is because it assists with muscle growth and toning, and so the more muscle you can maintain and build, the faster your metabolism will become.