Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Guest Post: Hula-Hoop Yourself Slim

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I love to Hula-Hoop! I got mine at the dollar store and its the best buck I ever spent! So today I have a guest post for you by Amelia Wood, I think your going to like this one.

Hula-Hoop Yourself Slim

With the busy lives we lead, it's easy for working out to be the first thing many people cross off of their to-do lists. Between keeping up with kids, bills and everything in between, fitness often takes a backseat and becomes a forgotten notion. However, neglecting your health can lead to medical problems and complications later. So, to save yourself the headache of crazy hospital bills and doctors visits down the line, it's important to take care of yourself in the here and now.

In addition to the claim that there's just not enough time, people also make the claim that exercising is boring and monotonous. If you fall into this group, you obviously haven't tried hula-hooping—that's right the fun activity from your childhood can also be a fun, effective workout in your adult years.

Said to be the equivalent of walking 4-4.5 miles per hour, it is possible to burn over 200 calories in 30 minutes with moderate hooping.

What's more is that you’re not just getting in some necessary cardio, you are also giving your core some necessary, specific attention, which helps improve posture and stability, in addition to increasing muscle tone. It's been said that 30 minutes of hooping has the same benefits as doing 500 crunches.

Not only is this perfect for the individual seeking a fun, enjoyable workout, but it's also ideal for anyone suffering from debilitating issues such as joint pain, back soreness or more. Unlike other workouts and routines, hula-hooping is easy on your body and very low impact—so anyone, in any condition can give it a try (although it is always best to consult with a physician first).

To increase the effectiveness of your efforts, you might consider getting a weighted hoop. Hoops come in all different sizes, weights, and colors, and, for the most part, your choice should stem from whatever your ultimate goals are.

So, whether you are already in great shape, or are starting down the path to a lifestyle change, hooping could be the fitness answer for you. Serving as a great warm up for more intensive core exercises or also as a stand-alone part of your routine, it's a great way to GET MOVING!

This guest post was written by Amelia Wood.. Feel free to reach her at amelia1612@gmail.com.

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