The hula hoop was around a lot longer than Elvis, and it origins have been traced to ancient Egypt 3,000 years ago. It’s reportedly making a comeback as a useful piece of exercise equipment.
Like cheese fries and pizza pies, hoops made the scene in America in the late 1950s when toy maker Wham-O spun out more than 100 million of them in two years. But the fad soon died out, and hula hoops became a top feature at garage sales everywhere.
What goes around, comes around.
An adult-sized version of the hula hoop is turning up again in city parks, fitness centers, dance floors and living rooms across America as people of all ages are exercising, burning calories — and having fun. It’s a good core workout and and can increase agility and coordination.
The hoop is a simple piece of exercise equipment that costs about $5 but can help you burn over 200 calories in 30 minutes.
Ancient Greeks did it to stay in shape. Maybe we should, too. Especially given the results of a recent study, where young women were able to burn about 210 calories in a half-hour hula hoop exercise class. That’s about the same calorie burn you’d get from walking for 30 minutes.
Most of us skimp on exercise at some point. We get tired, we don’t want to leave the house, or the weather is bad for our usual outdoor walk or bike ride. Enter the $5 hula hoop. Not only is it a great way to burn calories, but it also engages your core muscles, so it firms your middle too. And research suggests that hooping can also increase agility, coordination, and athleticism.