Pilates is becoming the hottest exercise trend in 2013
For those of you who enjoy getting hot and sweaty during a strenuous Bikram yoga class, there’s a relatively new kid in town.
Hot Pilates offers similar flexible gymnastics in a room heated to 35 degrees Celsius 110 Fahrenheit but this time classes are less focused on practicing calmly meditative Downward Dog poses, and more intent on developing core strength and muscle tone, and banishing chronic aches and pains.
Celebrities including Madonna, Jennifer Aniston and even David Beckham are devoted Pilates fans, and the hot version has even more health benefits than the classic chilled sort.
Where yoga – which originated in India thousands of years ago – focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental well-being, Pilates – created by German-born Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s – is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility, posture and specifically targets your ‘Core’.
Pilates was initially adopted to rehabilitate anybody suffering from injuries but is now practiced around the world.
The main health benefits of hot Pilates are:
• Detoxification: sweating on a regular basis allows the body to release toxins and waste from within, providing room for vital nutrients and hydration. Be prepared to sweat in your hot Pilates class!
• Healthy connective tissue: Pilates opens the body’s connective tissue. Hot Pilates enhances this process, allowing the body to stretch more fully, lubricate and renew, resulting in greater flexibility and energy.
• Boosts immunity: viruses cannot survive in high temperatures, so increasing the body’s core temperature fights infections, which are pushed out through the sweat. Practicing hot Pilates also increases the body’s production of white blood cells, which fight infection.
• Weight Loss: stretching deeper builds more muscle, which burns more fat. Hot Pilates can result in weight loss. Diet also improves as the body craves healthier food when practicing regularly.
Added to that is the calming effect that de-stresses the mind & body, lowering cortisol. This has a major influence on the mobilisation of fat stores.
Pilates: Expect an hour beginner workout to burn about 175 calories; an advanced, between 255 and 375 calories. Take note, calories are not the only way to impact on fat loss.
Body Strength and Flexibility
Pilates strengthens the abdominal muscles, and is up to 310 percent more effective at tightening the hard-to-target obliques. Overall flexibility should also improve, particularly in the back, hip, and hamstrings.
Pilates builds back and abdominal strength, along with increased flexibility, this can help improve your posture, giving the appearance of a taller, leaner body.
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