What Really Happens When You Work Out With A Weighted Hula Hoop

Hula hoops are not just for kids. Many adults have decided to join in on the fun because working out with a hula hoop turns out to be a legitimate cardiovascular workout. Not only that, but according to a study from 2015, hula hooping helps you lose inches around your waist, it strengthens your core muscles, and improves your balance (via Healthline). If you want to up your hula hooping game, you can try a weighted hula hoop to boost those benefits.

Weighted hula hoops can weigh anywhere from one to six pounds, according to Livestrong. The weight is distributed evenly throughout a thinly padded hoop in some hoops. Others are smaller in diameter and feature a weight attached to a short strap that spins around the hoop while you exercise. Regardless of which style you choose, working out with a weighted hula hoop can give you a more challenging workout.

Using a weighted hula hoop

Weighted hula hoops provide more of a workout than their regular counterparts because the extra weight adds more resistance to your core, back and leg muscles. If you add any kind of arm exercise while hooping, you get a total-body workout (via Byrdie).

When shopping around for a weighted hula hooping, keep in mind that it is more difficult to keep a heavier hula hoop spinning around your waist. However, once it is going, it is easier to keep it spinning. A lighter hoop, on the other hand, is easier to start moving around your midsection, but it takes more energy to keep it in motion (via Mayo Clinic).

While hula hooping is considered a low-impact exercise, it may not be right for you if you have issues with your back (via Mayo Clinic). Some people have reported pain and bruising while using weighted hula hoops, so it is best to start with a light weight and work your way up. If you experience unusual pain while using one, stop using it, and discuss the pain with your doctor before continuing (via Health).