Q: Why should I buy a hoop that costs $12 when I can buy one at the Dollar Tree or Wal Mart for a few bucks? What's all the hubbub about?
Well, the cheaper hoops that you buy at commercial businesses like the Dollar Tree and Wal Mart, are very small and made for children. More than likely, they will NOT work for you if you are an adult. And even you would manage to keep the hoop up, your body would have to work super hard and super fast to keep it up, thus leading to a lot of pain the next day. They are also prone to kinking, snapping, or cracking.
The hand-crafted (and yes, slightly more expensive) hoops that I make are considered adult hoops because they are larger and weigh more, which makes them easier to use and maneuver. They also make learning tricks and dance easier. The hoops I make have speciality grip tape that allows the hoop to stick to your body as you hoop. Lastly, you would be supporting a local craftsman and artist!
Q: What are the health benefits of hula hooping? A:
Studies that show that hooping burns visceral fat- the fat that is the hardest to get off the older you get, and also the most detrimental to heart health.
Hooping has been proven to burn over 400 calories per hour by the American Council on Exercise, although the calorie-burn from hooping may be as high as 600 calories per hour when other parts of your body, such as your arms and legs, are engaged.
Hooping is good for your heart.
It improves your spine's strength and flexibility.
It improves hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
Hooping releases the “feel good” chemicals in your brain, which offers mental, emotional, and spiritual well being.