How to Hula-Hoop

Hula-hooping isn't just for kids. It's a fun and exciting way to stay in shape.

You will need

  • Athletic clothing
  • A hula-hoop
  • Ample room
  • Upbeat music (optional) (optional)

Step 1 Wear athletic clothes Wear form-fitting athletic clothing. Baggy or loose clothing may slow the hula hoop’s rotation.

Step 2 Get it going With one foot in front of you, place the hoop against your back at waist height, wind it back, and then push it firmly counter-clockwise.

Step 3 Push and shift Push your stomach forward with a pumping motion as the hoop rolls across your stomach and back as it moves across your back. Shift your weight between your front and back legs.

Step 4 Find your direction Spin the hoop in the opposite direction to find which direction feels natural. Right-handed people usually prefer rotating the hoop counter-clockwise, while lefties prefer clockwise.

Step 5 Speed up and slow down Shift your weight between your feet more quickly or pump your torso faster back and forth to increase rotation speed.

Step 6 Turn your body Slowly turn your body in the direction that the hoop is spinning, taking small steps as the hoop hits your back.

Step 7 Booty bump Experiment with tricks like the booty bump: slow the rotation of the hoop until it rolls down just below your hips, then speed up to keep the hoop rotating there.