Hula Hooping Exercise Routines – Most Fun Workout Ever!

by Mama Ruby
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If you’re new to the concept of hula hooping for exercise, you may be surprised to find out that hula hooping burns as many as 600 calories per hour!  That’s the equivalent to an hour of Zumba or even jogging!

The cool thing about hula hooping exercise is that you can do it from the privacy of your own home, when you find a few spare minutes.  Thanks to modern technology, you can learn hula hooping and find hula hooping exercise routines online in a variety of ways, including Youtube videos, videos shared in Facebook groups such as our group Ruby Hoopers, and on Instagram.

In fact, the online hula hoop community is so huge and resourceful that it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out where to begin with hula hooping, or what the best hula hoop exercise routine actually is. 

The majority of hula hoopers learn many of their skills through online skill sharing.

I just recently finished filming my first ever online hula hoop course!  It is designed to give you a broad understanding of hula hoop dance for ALL body types. It is definitely a great workout with daily guidance!  Check out my Six Week Beginner Hula Hoop Challenge for All Bodies and sign up before the introductory price disappears forever. 

It’s so wonderful that even though we live thousands of miles apart, we can all still learn from each other through  the internet!  My favorite hula hoop instructor Deanne Love has a ton of great courses for hula hoop workout routines. hula hoop exercise routine

Here are my favorites: 

7 Minute Waist Hooping Workouts

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An affordable price tag on this awesome collection of hula hoop exercise routines focused solely on waist hooping.  It’s great for pretty much anyone since all it requires is waist hooping. 

You get 9 workout videos that are 7 minutes each, perfect if you’re a mom short on time.  This is also a great choice for the hula hooper who just wants to tone around the waist and isn’t concerned about learning how to do all that other fancy stuff.

21-Day Shoulder Challenge

hula hoop exercise routine shoulder hooping

This is a great choice for those hula hoopers who are interested in moving beyond just waist hooping.  Add in your arms and shoulders for an absolutely amazing upper body workout, not to mention you will become so flexible and feel amazing by the time you finish this hula hoop challenge.  One of my all-time favs of her classes.

Hula hooping exercise routines are not just for thin people or people who have small waists. 

I am naturally a large person and when I started hooping, I was very out of shape.  I struggled hard to stick with any exercise I tried to do.  Hooping was different for me.  It’s so fun you forget you’re working.  And with each new move you learn, you feel a keen sense of accomplishment.

Hooping has helped me lose considerable weight. I have also noticed my body appears more toned and shapely.  

Here’s my hula hooping before and after picture:

The picture on the left is from around 2005 or so.  The pic on the right was taken in February 2017.  My weight has yo-yo’d my whole life, but the hoop helps me stay more active even during times when I’m not as motivated.

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I’m always striving to be the best I can be, so that definitely isn’t my “final” after shot, but thanks to hula hooping, I’m closer than I have ever been to having a sustainable workout routine I never get bored with. 

Hooping has become a very sacred practice to me, one I would not give up for the world.  I never felt that way about exercise before hula hooping, so it has been a hugely positive impact in my life. 

Anyone Can Start a Hula Hooping Exercise Routine

All of the moves in just about any hula hooping exercise routine can be done by anyone.  They are not difficult tricks to learn although some may take a little practice to get right.  However, from the moment you start practicing, those calories are getting torched!

Remember, this is your unique hoop journey, and you can easily adapt it to your own level of fitness.  Just start where you are, and do what you can!

Are Hula Hoop Exercise Routines Good Cardio?

Oh yes.  I often wear my heart rate monitor watch when I hoop to see just how hard I am working out while hula hooping.  I’ve found that as long as I keep that hoop moving, my heart rate gets into the perfect fat burning zone for my body and stays there until I stop hooping!   It’s pretty much the equivalent to jogging.

So let today be the day you start your hoop journey.  

A year from now you will be fitter, happier, and you’ll be doing amazing things with your hoop that you can’t even imagine right now!  

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Lauren April 21, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Loved this, girl!! Great job! I look forward to reading more!!

rubyhooping April 21, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Thank you Lauren! 🙂 I can’t wait to get the next blog post up.

jackie adams April 22, 2014 - 8:22 am

this was great! thank you for sharing, im gonna do what you do, you look amazing!

rubyhooping April 22, 2014 - 11:42 am

Thank you so much Jackie!! 🙂


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