Hooping is also an excellent way to relieve the stresses and strains of everyday life. Not only does your body benefit, hooping also improves your balance and posture, increases coordination and improves flexibility. Some people report an increase in self esteem and libido. Hooping is good for your body and good for your soul. Hooping improves core strength, tones your stomach, arms, thighs and butt, is a low-impact, high energy workout that can burn approximately 400-600 calories an hour. And it makes you smile!
Contemporary hooping refers to artistic movements or freestyle dance using the hoop as a partner or prop, usually done to music. It incorporates tricks and moves from many current trends, including rhythmic gymnastics, belly dancing, fire dancing, hip-hop, and Salsa dancing. There is no limit to what can be incorporated into a hoop dance routine.
Hooping promotes happiness, self-esteem, confidence, laughter, and has been reported to improve libido!
The hoop concept dates back to 1000 B.C. when Egyptian children played with hoops made from dried grapevines. Children of the ancient Romans and Greeks played a similar hooping game. England had its own hooping craze in the 1300s with hoops made from dried grapevines. The actual term “hula hoop” was coined by British sailors when they were stationed in the Hawaiian Islands and observed that hula dancing looked similar to the hooping that children were doing in England.