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Post-war toy helps people get fit

Hula hoop class in Cowdenbeath
Adults are now taking over from children as masters of the hoop

A children's toy from the 1950s is making a comeback as a new form of taking physical exercise.

Dozens of people have taken part in the first sessions of "hulaerobics" using the traditional hula hoop, at Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre in Fife.

Popular in the United States and now making its way to Scotland, hulaerobics involves exercises which tone the body.

Glen Rorrison, Fife's sport and leisure manager, said: "We have had to rush through an order for more hula hoops".

Singer Beyonce is rumoured to be one of the celebrities who has taken to the latest craze and a dance troupe called "hoop la la" recently competed in the television show Britain's Got Talent.

Adult classes are being held twice a week in the town's leisure centre with junior classes at the weekends.

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Hulaerobics demonstrated at a class in Fife

Class instructor Debbie Leitch said: "Hulaerobics is a great body toning class in which you learn to hoop on your torso, arms and legs.

"It's ideal for losing those unsightly bulges around the waist and hips and it will also tighten your behind, improve your posture, elevate your heart rate and allow you to have a lot of fun while you are getting fit."

Hulaerobics participant Michelle Morrison told the BBC Scotland news website: "It's really, really good. It's good for your bum, good for your stomach and it's good for your soul."


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