Hula-hooping for fitness… really? Yes.Really. And frankly, we’re so here for it!
To find out a little more about this new craze, we spoke to hoop dance instructor Caitlyn Woods, who runs Sydney’s Spin Joy. She offers hula hoop classes for all fitness levels and abilities… but these are not the hoops you twirled in the backyard as a kid, folks.
“A lot of people initially come to hula hoop classes for the obvious reason – to get a great core workout.” says Caitlyn. “But for me personally, it’s always been a fun way to exercise and meet new people.”
But will it actually get you fit?
Well, according to actual studies, hooping is a great cardio workout – you can burn up to 600 calories an hour! The secret is buying an adult-sized pro hula hoop. And according to Caitlin, when it comes to hoops, bigger is better. In her classes, she uses large weighted hula hoops that are specially manufactured for hula hoop dance.
Caitlin adds that hooping can also increase your core stability, flexibility, coordination, and balance, as well as being a fun novelty workout to add into your current rotation.
“I was suffering from severe gym burnout when I realised exercise didn’t need to be punishment,” she recalls. “The fitness element [of hula hooping] actually became secondary and I was inspired to keep practicing, learning and dancing for the sheer joy of it.”
Apparently hooping also has psychological benefits as well, including stress reduction, and improved mind-body connection, which Caitlin says can induce a “flow-state”.
“In positive psychology, this is an optimal state for feeling happiness and a sense of meaningfulness in life – meaning that hula hooping makes people really happy!” she explains.
Interested? You can find Spin Joy classes in Caringbah, Bexley, Northern Beaches, Parramatta and Newtown. Grab a buddy and book a class. Your hips will thank you for it.
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