There are many schools of thought around the correct size and weight of hula hoops. As in all exercise, seeking the advise of medical professionals before launching into a new form of movement is key to maintaining your health and safety. Heavier is not always better.
Workout or Gemmick? As the workout world of staying fit through Hula Hooping expands in the 21st century, so has the hoop size and weight of hula hoops. Dr. Laskowski, from the Mayo Clinic answers a question: Do weighted Hula Hoops provide a good workout or are they just a gemmick?
"Weighted hula hoops can be a good addition to your exercise program, especially if you're able to hula hoop for at least 10 minutes at a time. In fact, any type of hula hooping, with a weighted hula hoop or a regular hula hoop, can help you meet your exercise goals."
Recommendations "Weighted hula hoops are bigger and heavier than traditional hula hoops. You can use a weighted hula hoop as part of an overall fitness program, to add variety to your workouts, or simply as a fun way to get more active. Keep in mind that for most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity."
Hoop Size? Weight and hoop size go together. You want a hula hoop that's the right size for you. The hoop should reach somewhere between your waist and chest when it's standing up vertically. The weight of the hoop can range from one pound to three or more pounds. Large adult size hoops standing vertically measure 41-45 inches tall, and weigh from 1.5 to 2.5 pounds on average for adults new to hooping.
Personal Goal? Why do you want a weighted hoop? If your goal is to tone and loose weight primarily waist hooping, then a two - three pound large hoop may be what you are looking for, depending on your body frame and tolerance. Smaller, lighter hoops expend more energy to keep the hoop whirling. However, you will be able move the hoop off your body to do more with the hoop than simply waist hooping with small lighter hoops. The larger and heavier the hoop, the easier it is to keep it whirling around the waist, which means you may be able to hoop for a longer period of time.
Burn Calories? The more you move your feet to the beat of the music and raise your arms above your heart while the hoop is spinning around the waist, the more calories you will burn while you are hooping.
Test Drive Your Hoop? You can experiment with different hoops to see which kind and size you prefer. Weighted hula hoops are available at many sporting goods stores and online retailers, and even at some fitness clubs.
Check with your doctor before using any kind of hula hoop if you have medical concerns, especially a history of back problems. And as with any physical activity, stop hula hooping and consult your doctor if you develop pain or other symptoms.