If you can walk, you can hoop. Hula hoop is another option, either for children or adults, to exercise in a fun and entertaining way. Hula hooping is an exercise in disguise especially for children who are obese and who are reluctant to exercise. Children will need some space to hula hoop.
Children’s hula hoop are small and light. Children aged 5 to 12 are required to get hula hoops which are smaller in size and light weight and the diameters for the hula hoops are 71cm and 91 centimeters.
Benefit of Hula Hooping
- Improves self esteem
- Improves self confidence
- Develop motor skills and coordination
- Body awareness
- Team building
- Peer relationships
- Better concentration
- Sense of responsibility
- Improves core strength
- Tones stomach, arms, thighs and buttocks
- Low impact ,high energy workout
How To Find The Right Size For Hooping
The child must stand up and hold the hula hoop in front of him/her. The general rule of thumb is that the hula hoop must be between the nipple and stomach height. However the size of the waist has to be considered too.
How To Hola Hoop?
- Waist Hooping
Place the hula hoop around your waist and against your back. Lightly twirl the hula hoop in a counterclockwise motion with your hands. Let go of the hands. To keep the hoops going, follow the variations given below:
- Stand with one foot in front of the other. Move the body back and forth and this will keep the hula hoop going.
- Sideways – when the hula hoop is at the Left side, push the body to the left. When the hoop is on the Right side of the waist, move the body to the right.
- Circle hips – the circles can be big or small circles.
- Arm twirling
- Place the hula hoop on the upper arm and perform arm circles.
Below are some fun and simple games the children can have as an active play with Hula Hoops.
- Hula Hoop Goals (Throwing and catching)
- Hang a few hula hoops from a tree branch or some other spots which are safe. The child can throw a ball through the hoops.
- Two children can play this game by having one thrower and one catcher.
- Lower the hoops and the child can kick the ball through the hoop
- Two children will sit on the ground and will play throw and catch the ball with each other and count. This will help their counting skills.
- Group Games
- Place several hoops on the ground. The children will stand in one line. Each child will run through the hoops with only one foot on each hoop.
- Each child will hop with both feet in each hoop
- Each child will skip from hoop to hoop
- Name The Colours/ Colour Recognition
- Colour recognition and listening skills. This game will help children to recognize the different colours as well as making quick decisions while listening to the demands made by the adult.
- The hula hoops of various colours are laid in a big circle on the ground. A small hula hoop is placed right in the center of the circle.
- The children are standing in a straight line. When a child`s turn is called, he will run to the centre of the circle and stands right in the center.
- A colour is given by the supervising adult. The child repeats the name of the colour and runs towards the said coloured hula hoop. He later runs back to the line and tags his friend.
- Relay Races
- Set up a running course by placing all the hoops in one straight line. The motive here is to develop the agility and movement change in children.
- Each child will run through the hoops and turn around at the top. He will then run back and tag his friend.
- Hula Hoop Rolls
- Two groups of children standing in lines, facing each other. One child will roll the hula hoop using his hands to the other line. Another child from the other team will roll the hula hoop to the first line and this will continue until everyone rolls the hula hoop.
These are just a handful of ideas using the Hula hoop. Have fun!
- Zamor, C. & Conrad. A. (2009. Hooping: A revolutionary fitness program. NY: Workman Publishing Company.