For those who like to get all hot and sweaty during intense Pilate classes, there's a new craze set to sweep across Britain's gyms this year - Hot Pilates.
What is it?
Hot Pilates is an alternative treatment for back pain which encompasses the basic principles of Pilates and yoga but utilises infrared radiant heating panels. These panels emit Far Infrared Rays (FIR) which safely warms the skin and speeds up the process of producing sweat. These rays are totally invisible and capable of filtering through the body, where they gently raise the body's surface temperature.
What are the benefits?
Sweating on a regular basis allows the body to cleanse itself and release harmful toxins and waste from the skin. When you sweat your capillaries expand, helping the body dissolve all those hidden toxins lying deep under your skin.
Viruses cannot survive in high temperatures so increasing the body's core temperature helps fight off infections, which are pushed out through sweat.
Healthy connective tissue:
Hot Pilate's opens the body's connective tissues helping the muscles get in to more strenuous postures and positions.
Hot Pilates can result in weight loss because stretching deeper helps to build more muscle, which in turn burns more fatty acids and breaks down glucose.
Are you hot enough?
To encourage fitness fanatics to take up Hot Pilates, or at least give it a try, we have decided to host our very own Hot Pilates class on 9 March. We'll be getting all hot and sweaty with a group of bloggers and introducing them to the practice under the guidance of professional yoga teacher and osteopath Amy Slevin
The class forms part of a wider campaign promoting the launch of our Backcare app, which has been designed to help those suffering with back trouble overcome their aches and pains by adopting practices like yoga and Pilates.
Simplyhealth are the UK's biggest health cash plan provider. We will be holding a hot Pilates class on 9 March to support its BackCare app, which you can download from the App Store for free on your smartphone.