How to Choose the Right Hula Hoop
- 1). Factor your age and size into your decisionmaking. The smaller and younger a person is, the smaller hoop circumference they need. Children usually require a hoop that is 30 inches. Small adults and youth should use a 36-inch hoop and taller adults should look for a hoop that is 38 to 40 inches.
- 2). Measure the hoop against your body. Once you have found a hoop in approximately the right circumference, stand it on end and measure it against your body. The hula-hoop should come up to somewhere between your upper chest and your stomach, according to the online Dimensions Guide.
- 3). Evaluate your skill level. Larger hoops are best for people who are just learning how to hula-hoop. Larger hoops are heavier and have a slower rotation, which can be easier for beginners to control. If you are already comfortable with a hula-hoop or want to perform tricks, choose a smaller hoop, which are lighter and rotate faster.
- 4). Time your duration. A hula-hoop should be comfortable to use and, once you get the motion down, time yourself. With the right hula-hoop you should be able to maintain rotation comfortably for at least 10 minutes at a time, according to hoop retailer Canyon Hoops.
- 5). Choose a hula-hoop made from material that is comfortable. Not everyone likes the stiff, hard plastic of most hula-hoops. For a softer hoop, look for one made from flexible plastic. These hoops are usually more durable as well.