Has anyone ever tried in earnest to lose weight with a simple hula hoop?
In this hula hoop review I will tell you exactly why it is one of the best exercise for belly fat blasting EVER! In fact, it has blown my mind how quickly I not only gained a toned and flatter stomach, but have also gone down a couple of dress sizes AND lost around half a stone in weight in just 8 weeks of use.
And for good reason, as I’ve discovered hula hooping engages the whole body and can burn over 600 CALORIES AN HOUR! That’s more calories and fat burnt than any other abdominal exercise and is due to the fact it elevates your heart rate up to 84%, which is high enough for your body to trigger its fat burning process.
The fantastic thing about the hula hoop is not only is it a whole body workout that tones every muscle, but it also vastly improves balance and joint flexibility, is a great stress burner, and is also great fun to boot. However, to gain the success that I did, you will need to commit at least 5 days a week if you want these results so quickly.
I started out the first week by doing 10-15 minutes a day, then I built up to 30 minutes 5 times a week. I did get a little bruising at first simply due to the fact that I wasn’t used to it, and because the hula hoop is weighted which makes it harder (FYI – a weighted hula hoop is crucial for the best fat burning effects), but I persevered and it was so worth it. The bruising went after a couple of days and didn’t come back, so I presumed my body had become accustomed to it.
I started doing hula hooping instead of my usual more time consuming workouts of swimming and the gym, and found it was so much easier. I did this because I wanted to gauge the true results and didn’t want the lines to be blurred by doing other things.
The best thing about hula hooping is you can do it in front of the TV, or listening to music and in the comfort of your own home come rain or shine – so there is NEVER an excuse not to do it.
Keep your ‘core’ engaged
The key to this exercise, especially when it comes to belly fat loss specifically, is to make sure you keep your stomach pulled in and your core muscles engaged at all times whilst keeping the hoop spinning above your hips as much as possible (this will also help refine your motor skills). The pulling in tightly of your tummy is the part that you must concentrate on as this is what will give you those tight abs your looking for, the more you can do this the better.
A weighted hula hoop is best for the results I know you want!
You will need to make sure you are using a weighted hula hoop specifically designed for adults as the kids ones just won’t work as well for the results you want. It takes a bit of practice, but once you’ve mastered it you will start to love it.
I’ve begun to really look forward to my hula hooping sessions as my stomach feels more toned immediately afterwards, and that is a MASSIVE reward and incentive to keep going. Also great when I need to fit into something for a night out!
HOW TO HULA HOOP:-
With your right foot forward and standing inside the hoop, press it against your lower back, bend your knees a little, and give your hula hoop a spin around the waist to get it level. This may take practice, but once you get the hoop moving you need to shift your weight back and forth between your back and front legs. If the hoop starts to drop then stand straight and push your hip harder into the hoop as it spins around to the front.
After you’ve got the hoop going it is best to stand with your feet apart wider than shoulder width, and keeping your head held high really pull your waist in as much as possible whilst spinning the hoop and working those tummy muscles.
Check out this video if you have any problems as you may find a visual interpretation easier to understand.
DON’T FORGET TO WATCH YOUR DIET
To get the best results from your hula hoop belly fat torching process you really should be eating a healthy diet full of wholegrains, proteins, fruits and vegetables, and cut out as much as possible, sugar and junk foods.
Did you know there are specific fat burning foods that can help you to blast fat faster than any other foods? Well amazingly there are, and if you eat these in conjunction with physical exercise you, will see a bigger difference much more quickly.
The plant based diet:-
It’s worth mentioning at this point that since eating a mostly low GI plant based diet, in the past year my body has turned into a fat burning machine. This is 100% down to me filling myself up on fruits, vegetables, low GI whole grains, pulses, nuts and seeds, and most importantly cutting down in ALL refined ‘free’ sugars as much as possible.
Feel amazing eating plants!
Not only will these types of foods help you shed unwanted fat, but you will also LOOK AMAZING, your skin will be just fabulous, and you will have endless energy to do all the things you want to do in life. It really is well worth the effort in making some gradual changes towards this way of eating.
Try something different every day, even if it’s a fruit or vegetable you’ve never eaten before; this way you will soon be creating new neural pathways in your brain, and forming healthier habits.
If you would like more tips and advice on how I did this, and how I changed my health and life around with eating a plant based diet then please read Eating Cleans in 10 Easy Steps.
What is the best exercise for belly fat? – Hula hoop review
After much researching and the reading of many reviews to find the right hula hoop for the job, I finally decided upon a mid range, medium weighted foam hula hoop for maximum comfort (they come in different weights, so you can start lower if you are a complete novice to exercise). It is soft, making it easier on the stomach, and it splits into 6 pieces for easy storage, which is great as these things can be awkward to store.
NOTHING, and I Say NOTHING, has given me results for belly fat burning like a weighted hula hoop!!
And believe me, I have tried every new fitness fad under the sun over the years. and have had much success, but I can honestly say that the hula hoop has given me the most noticeable belly fat reducing results in the fastest time, and for the LEAST amount of cost and effort.
It also has the added advantage of being easy to use in your own home either in front of the TV, or listening to music, and is so much less time consuming than other workouts. And don’t think the hula hoop is just for girls – it’s is a hard core workout that will tone a guys abs to perfection too!
Whilst hula hooping is great for a short term fat blast around the middle it is recommended that you mix your exercise regime up and always rotate or do a coupe of different types of workouts. Your body soon adapts to something that you do continually – and quickly. This is why you need to keep it second guessing by doing a range of different exercises.
For instance, it’s good to do a mix of cardio such as running, cycling, swimming, along with weight bearing exercises such as gym work, body building, and HITT training. These along with a good session of a stretching type exercise such as yoga once a week will help to keep you supple and flexible.
Keeping muscle mass high:-
The importance of regular weight bearing exercise CANNOT be stressed enough. It simple has so many benefits that go way beyond aesthetics, such as:-
- STRONGER BONES – Means less risk of breakages and osteoporosis, especially as you age.
- FLEXIBLE JOINTS – Exercise increases your production of synovial fluid, which is something that keeps your joints well lubricated, therefore you will stay a lot more supple.
- INSULIN SENSITIVITY – Your muscle’s primary functions are the uptake of glucose from the bloodstream to be stored for fuel, which means the more you have the more sugar is extracted form your bloodstream. This helps to protect us from insulin resistance, and ultimately diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and a myriad of other problems.
- YOU WILL STAY SLIM – Muscle burns up more calories than fat just to keep itself maintained, so in layman’s terms that means a free calorie burn for nothing.
- LESS CHANCE OF INJURIES – Muscle around your joints and vital organs (especially your middle) will really offer some great protection should you become involved in any kind of accident.
- DECREASED RISK OF STRESS RELATED ILLNESS – Weight bearing exercise burns up excess stress, and improves mood, depression, and anxiety.
- YOU WILL LIVE LONGER – It’s been proven in studies that people with more muscle mass live longer – it’s as simple as that!
- STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEM – Our muscles store certain amino acids that are vital to our immune response. Therefore the more muscle mass you have, the more of these vital amino acids can be stored.