Burn 7 Calories A Minute Hooping

You're probably already planning ways to kick off your New Year's weight loss program. Research from the Exercise and Health Program at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse presents a fun way to burn 210 calories in just 30 minutes. The study on Hooping is published online at acefitness.org.

Hooping is the modern day equivalent of the 1950s hula hoop fad. The practice actually goes all the way back to ancient Egypt and Greece where hoops made from grapevines were used for exercise. Checking out the statues ancient Greeks left behind will get you thinking there's a pretty solid link between fitness, low body fat and hooping.

True Strength Moment: It might take you a couple of tries before you get the coordination down. But once you do, researchers estimate that 30 minutes of hooping will burn 210 calories while elevating your heart rate to approximately 84% of maximum. You get about the same level of cardiovascular support from a boot camp, stair aerobics or kickboxing workout. Conveniently enough, you can hoop it up just about anywhere. Feel the burn when you need a change-up in your cardio day routine.
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