, it has become something of a passion.
Helps burn fat: Hula hooping
requires effort from some of the biggest muscles in the body.
Like Mel, Sharon enjoys hooping
as she watches TV but also takes it on holiday as the hoop can be taken apart and carried quite easily.
I have always been quite fit but since I took up hooping
I've got a really defined waist.
The American Council on Exercise says hula hooping
promotes cardiovascular and respiratory health, increases blood flow to the brain, boosts energy and coordination, strengthens torso and leg muscles, and also enhances spinal flexibility.
A quick internet search shows there are hooping
communities and classes all over the country.
has become so popular that Emma now has six members of staff who hold hula hoop workshops and classes across the UK.
makes exercise fun," says Kelly, who runs both adult and children's classes in Teesside.
What goes around comes around" doesn't apply just to karma or a song by Justin Timberlake but also to - yes, really - the practice of hula hooping
tones the bits of the body that many women are self-conscious about, taking in the area from under the bust, through the waist and hips down to the glutes.
Now, following the recent Hula Hoops Hoopathons in aid of Sport Relief, which set a new hooping
world record, the craze is once more sweeping across the nation.
According to some fitness experts, hooping
is comparable to an aerobic workout, such as jogging, in its ability to raise heart rate, burn calories and cultivate energy in the body.