Hula hooping is fun, playful, and it burns an average of 420 calories an hour, according to the American Council on Exercise. It also takes up a lot of room, making hula hooping the perfect workout for social distancing.
The rule of thumb, as it relates to safety precautions for our hoop fitness classes, is this:
Hold a hula hoop with your arm outstretched. Now, spin in a circle. All clear? Great! Now swing the hoop from one side to the other, in a figure 8 motion. Clear there too? Perfect.
That’s how much space you need per person for hula hooping, which is way more than the CDC‘s recommended 6 feet apart for social distancing.
This is a safety precaution we’ve always taken in Hoola-Fit classes. After all, we’ve got spinning hoops and we don’t want to bump into one another while hoop dancing.
One challenge that Hoola-Fit instructors sometimes face is that there’s not enough space in standard group fitness rooms to hold our classes. A room that can pack 30 yogis may only fit 6 or 7 hula hoopers.
Oftentimes, hula hoop teachers are charged by the square footage of the space too, and this can be tricky from a financial perspective too.
Now, with summer season in full effect and warm weather here, outdoor classes are the perfect solution for both student and teacher alike.
And speaking of safety, as it relates to sanitization, most hula hoop enthusiasts have their own hula hoop, so there’s no cross contamination of equipment in hula hoop classes. When hoops need to be shared, it’s super simple to disinfect them before and after class with wipes. Easy breezy!
So, if you’re looking for a fun, socially distant way to get fit… try hula hooping. All you need is a handmade hoop to get started, which you can find in our hoop store.
Fun Fact: Hoop dancing is just as beneficial for the mind as it is for the body. And we could all use a bit more movement meditation and play these days!