Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited along to something quite special - a hot Pilates class, courtesy of Simply Health. So on Sunday afternoon Hannah and I hopped along to Yotopia in Covent Garden and into our workout gear, ready to get our sweat on! For those who haven't heard of hot yoga/pilates before, it is the new gym crazy whereby you combine a traditional yoga/pilates class with 40 degree heat. Joy! There are several benefits of doing pilates in this way - to help sweat out harmful toxins, to increasing your core temperature to help fight viruses, to help your muscles stretch and move, and to help aid weightloss. The hot, humid temperature may sound torturous, but it honestly wasn't that bad. I think some suffer with the heat more than others though... just be prepared to sweat!
Simply Health were hosting this event to raise awareness of their new Back Care App which you can download for free from the App Store on your Smart Phone. The app is to help those suffering with aches and pains in their back, and yoga and pilates are an excellent way to do this. Following on from my earlier post on stress, back pain can be a physical consequence of the tension build up associated with stress. Pilates can help to strengthen your back muscles (and in turn relieve back pain) as well as the more immediate effect of burning the chemicals that cause stress - cortisol and norepinephrine.
Now - the good bit for you guys is that I have a voucher to give away! The lovely folk at Simply Health gifted me a £30 gift voucher, but as I don't live in London I thought I'd offer it up to one of you guys. All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway