Fitness Friday #1

hula hoop workouts

Ever since I finished reading the Body Book, I constantly look for new ways to exercise my body even after I’m done with my workout for the day. When Mark and I were at a sporting goods store last week, I saw something that brought back a lot of fun childhood memories- a hula-hoop. As soon as he saw the look on my face (basically, my eyeballs popped out of my eye sockets and I had a really creepy smile on my face-the kind when I pretend to have a very prominent underbite-I smile like that sometimes), he started laughing and said “go ahead, pick one”. The minute we got home I wanted to see if I still, in fact, remember how to use it, or, how to “hoop”. I did remember (it’s just like riding a bike hehe) but after about 10 minutes I was running out of breath and sweating my butt off.

Did you guys know that you could burn between 400 and 700 calories in an hour while having fun with a hula-hoop? I sure didn’t, because who was concerned about burning calories when they were playing with their hula-hoops as a child. Well, turns out that hula-hoops ain’t just for kids anymore,  there is a whole hula-hoop-fitness empire out there: there are specialty-sports-grown-up hula-hoops that come in different weights/sizes-depending on your level of expertise ( :D ) (there are even travel-friendly-hoops that can be taken apart, if need be), countless DVDs with hula-hoop exercises and whole websites dedicated solely to hula-hoop fitness. For now, since I don’t plan on taking part in hula-hoop Olympics, I will continue to use my 5-dollar sparkly, pink hula-hoop. Here are some of my favorite exercises that I have done (or at least attempted to do) so far:

10 Hula-hoop exercises to get Beyonce abs

This Cosmopolitan article shows 10 very easy to follow exercises. You can seriously do those while watching TV. Rumor has it that Beyonce is a fan of this type of workout.


Deanne Love has both a great YouTube channel as well as a very resourceful website full of free tutorials and other useful information right here. Just watch this Hoop Boot Camp video and tell me that it doesn’t look fun! I seriously want to learn all those moves, like, now!

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Hula-hoop your way to a Spring Break Body

Great Glamour magazine article with pictorial tutorials for a bit easier and less-intense workout: click.

Hula-hoop exercises from Hoopnotica

This video from Popsugar Fitness network shows a few basic moves that will work on your core, glutes, thighs and more.

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Hula-hoop exercises are definitely great for those who get easily discouraged because of a boring workout routine. I’m the type of person who cannot do the same thing over and over again and I love to mix it up a little when it comes to fitness. If you follow me on Twitter then you probably know that it doesn’t always work in my favor (last week I tried rollerblading and ended up rolling out of control and unable to stop down a busy road and hurting myself pretty badly-thankfully I haven’t broken anything-except for my pride, ha!). Did you guys play with hula-hoop when you were little? Do you still do it? I have to say that I kinda love it, the only problem is that whenever I take the hoop out, my dog seems to think that it’s playtime and starts attacking it :| .

  • Oh wow, what a cool fitness idea!

    Really enjoyed this fitness post, and it’s amazing to learn how many calories you can burn– I’d heard hula hooping can be good for you but never knew how beneficial it could be ;) Personally I think your glamorous sparkly hoop could beat the surely bland Olympic hoops any day haha! Can’t beat pink :D

    Love your story about you & Mark hehe, I know I’ve said it before but you guys sound awesome! <3

    Sophie xo

    • Awww thanks Sophie <3

  • Danielle

    Such a cool idea! I want to get one now :)

  • Is it weird that I’ve seen Hula Hoops EVERYWHERE today! In college there were 2 hula hoops randomly there and another time I saw 2 people using a hula hoop and now this!! #freaky ! haha!
    But it is so much fun and definitely an intense workout!

    • Hahaha it must law of attraction!! ;)

  • That is cool!! Hula hoop is a cool way to be sporty and to make some workouts!


  • This sounds like it could be fun, although I get the feeling it’s going to take a LONG time for me to get used to it and not be out of breath haha I too get tired of doing the same thing for workouts so switching it up it’s definitely a must to stay motivated, this hula hoop idea is great :)

    • Thanks Christel! :)

  • Ambi

    such a nice idea :) i love this post ! since i am really into fitness these days LOL :) xx