Hula Hoop-la! Family Fun

The hula hoop may have had its heyday in the 1950s, but thanks to renewed interest from fitness-focused families, hooping is hip again. Fans note that the low-impact sport strengthens core muscles, fosters coordination, and best of all, is fun. To get you started, here are some tips.

  1. Choose the right hoop. Bigger and heavier are
    better for beginners. A good rule of thumb: when held perpendicular to the
    ground, the hoop should come up to at least the user’s belly button. Also look
    for a heavier hoop made from 3/4-inch tubing.
  2. Hula Hoop-la - Step 2
    Find the rhythm. Contrary to popular belief, you
    don’t move your hips in a circle to keep a hoop spinning. It’s actually a
    rocking motion. (A)
  3. Hula Hoop-la - Step 3
    Stand with your feet hip-width apart and one foot slightly in front of the
    other. Hold the hoop and practice rocking your hips from front to back.
    Alternatively, stand with your feet parallel and rock your hips from side to
    side. (B)
  4. Hula Hoop-la - Step 4
    Stand with the hoop resting against your lower back and pulled slightly toward
    the back foot. (C) Rock out: quickly whip the hoop in the direction of your
    front foot while rocking your hips.
  5. Listen to music. Hooping is rhythmic in nature,
    so playing music with a moderately fast beat can help new hoopers master the
  6. Take a break. If your hoop is spending more
    time around your ankles than your hips, try hand-hooping instead: spin the hoop
    around your hand horizontally overhead or in a vertical position at your side.


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Published by Cara Zara

Professional entertainer and educator Cara Zara has performed at festivals, events, libraries, charity functions, and summer camps throughout the Southeast and has interacted with over 250,000 children. She has been teaching her popular programs since 2011 and has taught at over 200 private and public schools throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. She loves inspiring children to learn and be physically active through fun movement and laughter.

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