Growing up, I couldn’t wait to be an adult. I craved the freedom, choice and the ability to do anything I wanted. Ironically, though, the more I age, the more I desperately cling to my youthful side. I eat ice cream for breakfast, occasionally dye my hair funky colours and recently, I used a hula hoop to work out.

With more than 25,000 million sold in the first few months of production and a healthy 50-year track record, it’s not surprising that the hula hoop is still a force to be reckoned with. Remember challenging your friends to those hip-swinging contests? It was a game that lasted minutes, but brought hours of entertainment. Many adults haven’t seen, much less used, a hula hoop since childhood, but they are back and making their way into workout sessions all over the globe.

THE HULA HOOP WORKOUT

Enter the FXP Starter Kit: The world’s first portable exercise hula hoop. (Yay!)

The Latest Workout Tool: The Hula Hoop RevisitedWhether you’re looking to burn fat and calories or tone bone and strengthen your core, this is the ideal all-over-body workout. Just follow along with internationally recognized fitness trainer Niece Pecenka, who leads three low impact exercise programs and you’ll find you stay motivated while get fit and have fun, all at the same time.

The Equipment

If you are a collector of exercise equipment, you probably know that less is more. The less you have to store, the more likely you will haul it out and use. The FXP Hula Hoop ($44.95) is very big but it comes apart easily to fit into a compact, easy-to-store case. Which means you can take it anywhere.

This is by no means a child’s toy and it’s not a lightweight, either. Instead, it’s composed of six solid pieces that snap together to form a XX size ring that weighs approximately two pounds.

The Workout

It’s time to get serious with the hula hoop because this toy has grown up. How can you burn calories and tone your body by simply swishing a plastic hoop around your hips? Trust me, after just five minutes of hip rotations, you’ll be sweating. The workout incorporates a combination of techniques from Pilates, Yoga, Barre, and Cardio Interval Training into one fun and exciting program.

By the end of the workout, expect to feel an overall muscle warmness, an accelerated heart rate and mild muscle fatigue. All of it feels so good. In fact, it’s pretty easy to see how you can burn 200 calories in 20 minutes. The exercises are challenging, but you want them to be. They’re definitely nowhere near impossible, and once you’ve mastered them, you’ll be hooked. You’ll want to come back and do some hip swinging again and again and again. It really is that addictive. Ready to give it a try?

What’s the most fun you’ve ever had in a workout?

Jennifer Van Huss is a working mom to two amazing boys and one Princess. You can find her at 1Heart1Family,a blog about raising children, life with celiac disease and helpful product reviews, and on Facebook and Twitter

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