Hula hooping
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Hula hooping

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Develop strength and coordination with a hula hoop. Start with the hoop around your waist, then mix things up by twirling it round your neck, arms and legs.


What’s in it for your child?

  • Hula hooping helps kids develop core strength and body-confidence
  • Just about anyone can do this… even parents! It’s a fun skill to share with your kids


Get started

  • Hold the hoop against your back, a little above the waist
  • Push the hoop around your waist
  • Shift your weight back and forth on your feet to keep it moving


Tips and tricks

  • Be sure the hoop is big enough: to measure, stand the hoop in front of the hula-hooper: it should come to somewhere between stomach and nipple height
  • Larger hoops are better for beginners, while smaller hoops are better for speed and tricks
  • Rather than moving your hips in a circular motion, put one foot in front of the other and shift your weight back and forth in a rocking or pumping motion
  • If twirling the hoop around the hips is proving tricky, try hooping with the hands to get a feel for the movement


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