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Hula Hoop Workouts Burn Calories

As more and more exercise gadgets are being invented — and sold — to help people lose weight, you’d think eventually, we’d be getting healthier. Unfortunately, this isn’t happening, which could mean it’s NOT about the gadgets.

That’s exactly what a new study from the University of Wisconsin-La Cross has found.

Researchers found that working out with a hula hoop — of all things — burns about as many calories per minute as step aerobics, boot camp or very brisk walking.

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The study participants were able to get their average heart rate up to a brisk 151 beats per minute and to burn about 210 calories in a half-hour class.

So, it seems to not really matter what you do, as long as you’re doing SOMETHING.

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