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Hula hooping burns this many calories?!

This article states that vigorous hula hooping with a weighted hoop (at least 3 pounds) burns the same rate of calories as an 8-minute mile, and that moderate hula hooping with a weighted hoop burns calories at the same rate as a 12-minute mile.

I've been using a 4-pound hula hoop for a few weeks and find this a little hard to believe because running an 8-minute mile gets me much, much more winded than hula hooping for an hour. What do you all think?

Wed. Oct 24, 11:17pm

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I have my doubts...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 11:25 PM

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Agreed, that seems a little unrealistic for the average person. However, it no doubt is good exercise to some extent, and is a pretty fun addition to normal workouts! My friend will chat on the phone while hula hooping every day, and she's definitely noticed positive results!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 11:47 PM

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Try hula hooping with a weighted hoop (about) 2 lbs. I think you'll find the article to be accurate. And it's fun!

Thursday, October 25, 2007, 4:01 PM

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Yeah, but is this something you can sustain for 20, 30, 40 minutes like running or biking?

Thursday, October 25, 2007, 4:31 PM

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yeah! it takes time both based on fitness level (i'm a beginner fitness-wise) and the fact that your body has to get used to the way the hoop hits ya. but it's a worthwhile activity. burns calories and makes you feel sexy and innocent all at the same time!

Thursday, October 25, 2007, 6:39 PM

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Being out of breath is about respiration. Calorie burning has a connection to respiration, but it's not measured by the difficulty you have breathing.

Thursday, October 25, 2007, 7:43 PM

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Where do you buy the wieghted hula hoops?

Friday, October 26, 2007, 9:55 AM

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Anybody else notice bruising from doing the hoola hoop? I have bluish purple bruising all around my waist/hip area where the weighted hoop hits me when I'm doing it. Is this anything to be concerened about or is it normal? TIA.

Friday, October 26, 2007, 11:34 AM

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THis was happening to me in the beginning. I actually emailed one of the hooping gurus ("Betty Hoops", I believe), who reaffirmed that body eventually stops that bruising. How long have you been doing it?

Oh, and there's lots of websites.
and a host of others. Just Google "hula hooping," and the sites should start flowing. Good luck!

Friday, October 26, 2007, 5:13 PM

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I'm the 11:34 poster. Been doing it not quite 2 weeks, about every other day. Good to know the bruising will go away. Looks like somebody;s been beating me up!

Friday, October 26, 2007, 5:19 PM

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this is the thread starter

To Oct. 25, 4:31 PM: Yeah, some people can go for two hours nonstop! I do two half-hour sessions every day, one clockwise and one counterclockwise.

To Oct. 26, 9:55 AM: I got mine on ebay, one called Jemima Hula Health Hoop. It's a 4-pound hoop with zigzag projections along the inside. (for acupressure massage)

To Oct 26, 11:34 AM: Yeah, I had a huge fist-like bruise on the top of my hips during the first two weeks but now they're pretty much gone. It's normal.

I heard that the more fit your core muscles are, the less painful these weighted hoops with the bumps are.

Friday, October 26, 2007, 11:46 PM

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Huyla Hooping

I have a 3lb weighted hoop and two regular lightweight hoops. What I find effective is using both the light weight hoop and weighted hoop at the same time. Keeping the both hoops going creates a more challenging working because of the weight difference in the hoops. I also like to hula hoop on one foot while extended forward or backward and I like to do salsa dance moves while hooping. I'm usually drenched after doing this for 10-15 minutes.

Monday, December 31, 2007, 1:18 PM

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it helps

After only 10 days using my 3lb hoola hoop I no longer wake up with lower back pain.
Burning calories or not, I will continue doing it for as long as I can just for that reason only...:)

Monday, February 01, 2010, 11:07 PM

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To poster 7:43 PM

Isn't respiration one of the main indicators?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010, 3:54 PM

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PP ~ you replied to a three year old post. I doubt the poster will even remember saying anything. As to your question ~ actually respiration is not necessarily an indicator. I'm sure Michael Phelps can kick butt in the pool, burn hundreds of calories, and not be out of breath at all.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010, 5:17 PM

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