Hula Hoop

Blasting belly fat isn’t easy, and there’s only so long that you can hold a plank for, and only so many dozen sit ups before you’re burnt out. In my eyes, the truth to toning up is to keep switching up your workouts. If you do too much of one thing, you end up becoming immune to it and your body doesn’t respond to that particular thing anymore. Slightly different, but I used to do it with foods. I’d eat the same food over and over again until I got bored of it, hated it and then never ate it again, and again with the treadmill, I’d go on it so often that it just bored me in the end and I couldn’t run for ages because I disliked it so much.

There are so many pieces of equipment out there that can help with working out, especially at home. So many people don’t have access to the gym, so it’s great to be able to use things around the house to your advantage and get the best possible results from them. Whether it’s using an old box for box jumps or some old rope as a skipping rope, I’m sure you have things lying around in the garage or the loft that could make for an ace workout!

We all had the Wii Fit when it was the ‘must-have’ gadget, right? I remember trying to stand on the Wii board and attempt the hula hoop, having to make my ‘hula’ action so vigorous for the wretched infrared strip to pick up my movement. There’s no way that I was doing this exercise right, because you just can’t hula without a hoop! When clearing out my garage last year, I came across just what I needed: my old hula hoop.

IMG_4521Gone were the flimsy plastic ones from years and years ago, but when I was aged 7-8, water filled hula hoops were all the rage. I decided to give it a whirl to decide whether I should throw it out or not and quickly realised that this would be a great exercise to add to my routine. You can buy weighted hula  hoops from most sports shops now but they can be expensive. Water filled hula hoops do the same job, and you’ve probably already got one! I love to pop the TV on, clear a space in the living room and get my hula on to sculpt my waist and get fit without even realising. The great thing about weighted hoops is you can actually keep hula-ing for quite a long time before it drops, because unless you were a complete pro, there was no way that those plastic ones ever stayed on your hips for more than 1.5 seconds! Even Lucy Mecklenburgh from The Only Way is Essex and Results With Lucy is hooked on hula hooping (read here) so it’s definitely ‘on trend’.

Grab a hoop and give it a go. Just 30 minutes a day and you’ll be well on your way to having that waist in no time!

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