Hula-Hoop Yourself Slim
A super-fun belly-blaster
Start with the basic moves until you feel comfortable, then step up to more advanced ones, mixing and matching for your own personal head-to-toe tone-up. Do any combination of moves for 30 minutes (you'll burn 150 to 250 calories per workout) three times a week for four weeks and you’ll lose 3 to 6 inches all over your body. Yep, belly included!
Get your own
For a good workout, you need to buy a hoop for adults, which is larger and heavierand therefore easier to usethan 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. Some good sources: Amazon.com, Hoopnotica, HoopGirl, or RadiantHoops.
To keep the hoop moving, shift your weight quickly between your front and back legs, moving your hips backward (A) and forward (B). 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.
Once you get it, grab your hoop. Begin in Forward Stance position; give the hoop a counterclockwise spin. When it's spinning parallel to the ground, support your weight on your left foot and use your right foot to power your spin; the momentum of the hoop should carry you around. Get right back into Forward Stance once you complete turn. (If this doesn't feel comfortable, try the opposite foot and direction.)
Be sure to keep your thumb extended, so the hoop doesn’t travel down your forearm. When you get tired, repeat in the opposite direction, using your left hand.