Hula Hoop Fitness

Hula hoops are not just for kids any more

Invented in the 1950s, hula hoops have evolved from a fad to a fitness alternative.


According to Fabio Comana, exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise, “hooping” improves flexibility and balance and can strengthen core muscles. It can also burn about 158 calories in 30 minutes (based on a 155-pound person).

Hooping classes offered at gyms usually use a “heavy hoop” that weighs between 1 and 5 pounds and is larger in diameter than kids’ hoops.

But even the inexpensive, lightweight hoops are a fun way to get both adults and children moving.

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