A new trend in fitness is actually an old favorite. Its hula hooping, but the hula hoops today aren't quite what they used in the 50s. Today, they weigh less, about two pounds, and have a bigger circle, which is about 45 inches in diameter. That makes them rotate more slowly around the body, offering greater resistance.
Now, here's what's new. The American Council on Exercise did a study, and found that hula hooping burns about as many calories as step aerobics and cardio kickboxing. That is more than four-hundred calories an hour. It's the best thing for many because it's low impact.
Babette Rickard said, "MS keeps you from moving, so my goal is to keep moving. Hooping, I can do that because it's not a high impact sport, and I can stop when I get overheated. It's really helped me a lot."
The American Council on Exercise also says this is a good choice for those who want vigorous exercise because the average heart rate of a hula hooper goes up to about 151 beats per minute.
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