Did you know that a childhood activity is a great core workout, too?
That's right, the hula hoop, or hooping, is a great cardio activity that also strengthens the core.
If you're a runner it provides a great warm-up.
Better Homes and Gardens had an article in the March 2010 issue about hooping.
You'll certainly notice a difference in your core after hooping 3 times a week for 30 minutes a session. Incorporate the hoop with the core strengthening exercises in the previous post for a great workout.
If you get really into hooping, Hoola Monsters offers heavier adult-sized hoops for an even greater workout. Abby Albaum is the founder of Hoola Monsters. She says that wrapping the hoop with friction tape, which she sells on her site (or you might find it at a bike shop/sporting goods store), you will have better success at hooping. The friction tape will help the hoop to stay up even if your are just beginning!
GOAL: Borrow you child's hula hoop, a neighbors hula hoop, or run out to Wal-Mart for your own and try hooping for 30 minutes today.