Getting your daily cardio with a weighted hula hoop has been shown to be highly effective. Studies have shown that hula hoop workouts burn as many calories as established exercises such as jumping jacks, skipping rope and high-intensity hiking.
So how many calories do you burn by using a weighted hula hoop? Based on a recent study, a group of women were monitored during their workouts, using oxygen intake meters and heart rate monitors. After the women became accustomed to the mechanics of the exercise, their heart rates averaged at about 85% of their calculated maximum rates – around 150 beats per minute. The number of calories burned was calculated to be around 400 kcal per hour. This is a considerable amount, as it is not based on maximum exertion levels. As a frame of reference, this is about the same amount of calories burned walking uphill at 3.5 mph for women.
So is a weighted hula hoop better than traditional aerobic exercises? This study certainly seems to suggest so, as this level of exertion is not easily achieved in boot camp style classes. The researchers gave the women some weighted hula hoop workout tips that involved using several hoops, rather than just the one around the waist. In order to heighten the intensity of the workout, try twirling a hoop around each arm simultaneously. This will multiply the number of calories burned at increase mobility if the exercise is performed regularly.