-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
FRIDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- The Hula-Hoop, a large ring
that can be gyrated around the waist, gained intense popularity in
the 1950s and now it seems to be re-emerging as a hot trend in
weight loss, a new study has found.
"Hooping" expends the same amount of energy as walking 4 to 4.5 miles per hour -- enough to help a person firm up and slim down, according to a news release from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). And "it's becoming a popular form of choreographed group exercise," study author John Porcari, of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, said in the news release.
The study examined 16 women, ranging in age from 16 to 59, who
regularly attended choreographed hooping classes. The researchers
measured the women's oxygen consumption, heart rate and rate of
physical exertion as they completed a 30-minute video-led hooping
The researchers set out "to determine the effect of hooping on
physical fitness and whether or not the intensity falls within ACSM
guidelines for improving cardiovascular fitness," Porcari said.
The study found that the average heart rate for the 30-minute
class was 151 beats per minute, and the average caloric expenditure
was equivalent to 210 calories for 30 minutes of hooping. The total
energy cost, the researchers revealed, was enough to help people
control their body weight.
The findings were to be presented this week at the American
College of Sports Medicine annual meeting, held in conjunction with
the World Congress on Exercise Is Medicine, in Denver. Experts note
that research presented at meetings isn't subjected to the same
type of scrutiny given to research published in peer-reviewed
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on
physical activity and weight control.
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