The Disadvantages of Doing Hula Hoop

Occasionally, hula hooping can lead to injury.
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Hula hooping is a fun aerobic activity that strengthens muscles and builds endurance. As with all exercise, it should be done in a proper manner with safety considerations foremost in mind. While some individuals should avoid hula hooping entirely, most adults can incorporate it into a healthy workout routine, but there are disadvantages to hula hooping.

Exacerbation of Existing Conditions

Hula hooping isn't appropriate for many individuals with pre-existing back problems, such as a herniated disc, low back pain or spinal fractures. Heart patients should check with their health care provider before embarking on a hula hoop routine, to determine if the cardiac workout involved is safe for their condition.

Proper Use Injuries

Hula hooping injuries are uncommon when the exercise is properly performed. The hoop can irritate bare skin and it should only be used while wearing a full-length shirt to cover the waist area. Hoopers who do tricks with the device can sustain eye, nose, lip, nail, ankle and neck injuries.

Improper Use Injuries

Improper use of a hula hoop can cause a more serious injury. Some individuals use weighted hoops that weigh more than 5 pounds and these improper hoops can cause bruising around the ribs, back or abdomen. They can also pinch a nerve or bruise an internal organ. Overuse of a weighted hoop of any weight can cause injury due to repeated pressure against a body part. The Yonsei Medical Journal reports that a woman sustained a perirenal hematoma, which is bleeding around a kidney, after hula hooping for a half-hour per day for six months. Excessive hula hooping can also lead to back and abdominal muscle soreness.

Hula Hooping as Exercise

Among hula hooping's disadvantages is that it doesn't suffice as a total workout. It is an aerobic activity that works core muscles, but it fails to provide weight bearing activity or utilize all muscle groups. If you hula hoop regularly, remember to also perform weight-bearing exercise such as running and to give your arms a good workout a few days per week.

Hula Hooping as a Weight-Management Tool

Hula hooping burns approximately 210 calories in a 30 minute session. If you're trying to lose weight, you are better off to spend that time using a rowing machine, playing tennis, vigorously swimming or playing basketball. To effectively lose weight, create a workout as intense as your body can tolerate and reduce your caloric intake by at least 500 calories per day. Check with your health care provider before embarking on an exercise program for weight loss.

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