Go Hoop-la

Everyone from Beyoncé to First Lady Michelle Obama is hot for Hula-Hooping, so why not give it a go?

After 30 minutes you will burn 150 to 250 calories per workout. Complete three times a week for four weeks and you’ll lose 3 to 6 inches all over your body. Yep, muffin top included!

For a good workout, you need to buy a hoop for an adult, which is larger and heavier, therefore, easier to use than the kind made for kids. If you’re a newbie, aim for one that’s at least 40 inches in diameter and weighs 1 to 2 pounds.

Stand inside the hoop with your right foot forward, holding the hoop against your lower back. Keeping your pelvis tucked, shoulders squared, and chest lifted, bend your knees slightly and give the hoop a good counterclockwise spin around your waist, making sure it’s level. If this feels awkward, try putting your left foot forward and spinning the hoop clockwise.

To keep the hoop moving, shift your weight quickly between your front and back legs, moving your hips backward and forward. If you feel the hoop beginning to drop, stand up straighter and push the front of your hip into the hoop as it comes around.

Stand with your feet a bit wider than shoulder-width apart and parallel to each other. Give the hoop a good spin, and rock your hips from side to side so the hoop hits on the sides of your waist. Make sure your abs are tight, with chest and head lifted. The more power you put into each push, the faster the hoop will go! n

Best of luck!