Hip fitness

Hula hooping offers fun exercise for expectant moms

Expectant mothers around the country are shimmying into a new form of pre-natal exercise using a childish toy as inspiration — the hula hoop.

Hooping, a dance-based form of exercise that includes elements of yoga and meditation, is becoming a new way for moms to have fun while trying a new form of pre- and post-natal exercise.
Jan Dolgin, a Toledo-area personal trainer and certified Hoopnotica instructor, praised the exercise form’s ability to increase one’s cardio and its versatility in working various parts of the body.
“You can burn 400 to 600 calories an hour, and it is a great massage for your back,” Dolgin said. “I’ve had classes where it’s been kind of a ‘Mom and Me’ class because kids come with their moms and bring their hoops. Often the kids are better than the adults.”

Hooping is a low-impact way of working your core muscles — such as abdominal and oblique muscles — as well as your hips, thighs, arms and waist, she said.
Learn more about hooping online at hoopnotica.com, fitnotica.com, or call a local instructor. Hoops designed for pregnant women are available for purchase online. As with any form of pre-natal exercise, make sure to check with your physician before beginning a new exercise program.

Check it out
Hoop It Up! classes with Jan Dolgin,
7:15-8:15 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month // $10
Paulette’s Studio of Dance,
4853 Monroe St., Building B
Call 419-283-1105 to pre-register

Joyful Circle Hooping with Glenna Frey in Whitehouse
Certified instructor in Hoopnotica Levels 1, 2 and FIT
Call 419-877-9471 or e-mail gmfrey58@yahoo.com for more information

Zen Revolutions with Rebecca Osborne
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Fort Meigs YMCA, 13415 Eckel Junction Road, Perrysburg
Visit www.zenrevolutions.com for a full schedule of classes or call 419-349-2369.