I am frequently asked how heavy your hula hoop should be to lose weight hula hooping! This is probably in the top 5 questions I get! I will answer your question here, but I also have some opinions on the topic of weighted hula hoops, so read on to get the scoop.
First let me just say that I believe the fitness industry has confused people on the issue of weighted hula hoops. The concept has been exaggerated to the point that the market is now producing hoops that weigh as much as ten pounds to meet the growing demand for “weighted exercise hoops”! These extra heavy hoops will not help you lose weight hula hooping anymore than a standard adult hoop like the ones we make here, but they will leave your abdomen bruised and sore, and they can cause damage to your internal organs! Simply put, excessively heavy hula hoops are not safe, and the industry has done a great disservice to the public by producing and hyping up these kinds of hoops.
But, shouldn’t a heavier hoop create more resistance, thus a harder workout? This is a question I have been asked many times by people who want to lose weight hula hooping. The truth is, if anything, it will be less of a workout and you will lose less weight because the heavier your hoop is, the slower it moves around your body, thus reducing the aerobic impact of the activity. The repetitive movement of hooping will tone your abdominal muscles without the need for excessive weight.
We do make weighted exercise hula hoops here at Ruby Hooping to help you meet your fitness goals. They weigh approximately 1 to 1.5 pounds which is perfect to lose weight hula hooping. When you see Ruby Hooping referring to a weighted exercise hoop , we are merely making a distinction between the high-quality, durable hoops we make and the cheap plastic hoops you might see at the toy store. Our weighted hoops only weigh slightly more than our standard beginner hoops and any of our hoops are great choices for exercise.
How do you choose the best hoop to lose weight hula hooping, then? Well, it really comes down to the size of the hoop more than anything. By size, I mean diameter (the distance across the center of your hoop). You are going to want a hoop that is big enough that you are able to keep it rotating around your waist for the maximum amount of time possible, while burning the maximum amount of calories. A smaller, lighter hoop is going to rotate faster, thus requiring a faster aerobic movement. A larger, heavier hoop would allow you to hoop for a longer period of time.
I would describe the comparison of a smaller hoop to a larger hoop by equating it to the difference between running and walking. Both are highly effective methods of exercise and it will come down to your personal choice on what kind of hula hoop experience you want. We are willing to make any of our hoops in any diameter you choose. Just go to our Hoop Shop and specify what size you want when you checkout!
We like a standard 38″ diameter for most adults unless you specifically request something different. If you are very petite, you might like a smaller hoop, and if you are a bit on the plus-size such as myself, you might want your first hoop to be a bit bigger. Feel free to message me on Facebook anytime or comment below to discuss the best size for you. You can also read more in my article, What Size Hula Hoop Should I Get?
I hope this article has shed some light on weighted hula hoops and how to choose the best one for you to lose weight hula hooping. I think it’s a really great choice for exercise, as it has aided me in losing over 100 pounds! Remember, the best workout for you is the one you’ll actually do! And everyone loves to hula hoop
Thanks for reading.