It's swimsuit season, and I'm not happy about my midsection - so I dragged my Jemimah Health Hoop out of storage. I like the hoop because it's fun and easy to use. It makes me feel like I"m doing a heavy workout (which I'm really not). When my daughter Stacie came to visit she wanted to get in on the action, too - - I believe the picture speaks for itself.
The Jemimah is a hula hoop with 96 built-in magnets covered by air-cushioning projections/knobs. While you exercise, they stimulate abdominal acupuncture points and also create a massaging effect. The abdominal area is being toned, slimmed and strengthened. Supposedly, it also has a stimulating effect on blood circulation and the intestinal metabolism.
A word of caution: This hoop is designed for ADULTS. The first few times you are exercising with it, you might experience mild discomfort and bruising (yes, I turned black and blue). This will not last, though.
The hoop weighs about 3 1/2 lbs. and is about 40" in diameter. It is made of plastic and can easily be assembled or broken down for storage. I bought mine at a local Asian supermarket, they are also available online. Well, gotta go and exercise some more ... Let us know what you do to get in shape!