So You Want To Hoop Dance?
seek medical advice from a GP before undertaking any new fitness,
exercise or dance regime. This will ensure that you are physically fit
and healthy and that any potential problems are avoided.
The benefits of hooping are:
Promotes laughter & fun
Tones the abdominal muscles
Strengthens the core
Burn up to 100 calories per ten minutes!
Stills the mind
Promotes an improved alignment in the body
Improves co-ordination and balance
It's a really good way of having fun and meeting new people
Improves confidence and self esteem
Hula Hooping versus Hoop Dance – So what's the difference?
hooping is often remembered as hooping on the waist. Hoop dance
involves using a larger weighted hoop (approximately 2lbs in weight),
it's dance, and fitness led primarily. It allows each hoop dancer the
opportunity to explore a dynamic range of movements both on and off the
body, some have spoken of its meditative and spiritual qualities.
What type of hoop for you?
are lots of amazing hoops out there for you to buy or you can learn to
make your own. Hoops vary in size. Using a childs hoop will prevent
progress as it's too small and light to work with. If you managed to
waist hoop with one you're lucky, doing any tricks will be impossible
and potentially disheartening. An adult sized hoop will be larger and
weighted and will be easier to hoop with.
best way to discover what size is right for you is to measure from the
floor to your navel in inches this will indicate the correct size for
you! The bigger the hoop the slower the rotation, the smaller the hooper
the faster the rotation. Hoops vary in size from approximately 36” to
people prefer working with a 25mm tubing, this provides a nice firm
feel of the hoop as it goes across the body. Other hoopers prefer a 20mm
tubing which is lighter in weight. The best advice I can give is if you
have the chance try out a variety of hoops then one of them will be
just right for you.
impact of the hoop across the body for a beginner can sometimes cause
bruising. This seems to be a rite of passage for hoopers and I remember
my own bruises from when I first used adult sized hoops. Bruises can be
experienced again whilst learning new tricks. Take care of your bruises
and if concerned contact any medical advice service, visit your local
pharmacist or your GP for advice. Do what ever it takes to heal and have
a healthy hooping body.
personal piece of advice when learning knee hooping is to wear knee
pads, if the hoop starts to rotate on the knee itself allow the hoop to
fall to the floor, this will reduce injury to the delicate knee area and
the shins. If the hoop rotates on the knee it will be cushioned as you
allow it to drop to the floor. Knee pads will take the impact of the
hoop until control is gained, once that is achieved then the knee pads
can be removed as you continue to maintain safe knee hooping.
Who is hoop dance good for?
is good fun for children and adults alike and I have heard of hoopers
in their 70's so it appeals to a broad age range! If you're tempted then
have a go and become involved in one of the most fun ways of moving
your body and staying healthy!!!