Slimming Secrets of an Active Kid
When it comes to fun calorie burning activities, maybe kids know best. Playing with simple energy exerting toys is not only a stress-reducing pastime, it’s also a great workout! For a $5 hula hoop, you can slim your waistline in just 30 minutes...and avoid a trip to the gym.
Ancient Greeks did it to stay in shape, maybe we should too. Especially given the results of one study, where young women were able to burn about 210 calories in a half-hour hula hoop exercise class. That's about the same amount of calories burned from walking for 30 minutes. Most of us skip out on exercise at some point. We get tired, we don't want to leave the house, or the weather is too extreme for our usual outdoor walk, run or bike ride. Voila... now you have a $5 hula hoop. Not only can you use it inside, it's also great way to engage your core, firm your abdominal muscles and whittle your waist. Research also suggests that hooping can also increase agility, coordination, and athleticism.
Circling your waistline while ”hooping” is also strenuous enough to increase cardiovascular fitness and help you lose weight. Any hoop will do for a start, including that fluorescent version you found at a kid’s toy store. Eventually you can work your way up to a weighted hoop made for exercise, which will give you the best workout and maximum calorie burn in a shortest amount of time. While you're hooping, wrap your head around these other inexpensive kiddie ways to burn calories, reduce stress and have fun! Get creative and think outside the hoop!
-dancing to some rocking music
|Dancing my bootie off, getting my sweat on and burning calories!|