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Fresh Start to Fitness: Fun Hula Hoop Exercises to Stay in Shape

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Fresh Start to Fitness: Fun Hula Hoop Exercises to Stay in Shape (File photo: MGN Online)

(KUTV) Hula hooping is a fun way to stay fit and the best part is it doesn't require any special set-up or environment, says Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray. All you need is a hoop and enough room to swing it. Beck recommends that you complete the following heart rate revving exercise routine twice per week and start enjoying your workouts.

1) Rolling Reach: This one is exceptional for working the back and your legs! Hold on to the hula hoop in front of you and forward keeping your legs straight. Once you are in that position, roll the hula hoop from left to right. Do this continuously for 30 seconds, the rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Complete three sets.

2) The Pass Through: Hold the hula hoop with your left hand on your left side with one end touching the ground. Now, squat down and pass through the hula hoop until you are standing on the other side and now holding it with your right hand. Continue passing through for 30 seconds continuously, then rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Complete three sets.

3) The Hula Jump: Hold one end of the hula hoop out in front of you with both hands. Flick your wrists downward to start the hoop in motion as you jump over it when it passes. Allow it to come all the way over your head and continue jumping (similar to jumping rope). Do this continuously for 30 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Complete three sets.

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