The Hula-Hoop is making its comeback, but this time as workout equipment. Focusing on core strength, hoopers can burn 400 to 600 calories an hour while slimming their waists and toning their arms. Classes are available by certified instructors worldwide, but companies like Hoopnotica sell DVDs and heavier fitness rings to let you hoop at home. Take these six moves for a spin. You'll have a blast and boost your energy while rounding down the pounds.
Place one foot in front of the other. Put your hoop over your body so it touches your lower back. Stand up straight and tuck in your pelvis. Spin the hoop either to the right or left, whichever feels more natural. Bend your knees slightly and rock back and forth until you're confidently hooping. Try reversing the hoop's direction and then try switching your stance. Notice that the weight and size of the hoop create a momentum, and "push" into the hoop as it passes around your body. Contrary to popular belief, this move is not a circular swivel, rather, it is a subtle motion front/back or left/right.