Simone Muller

Boosting your Metabolism with Hypopressive Exercises

Metabolism, which refers to how our bodies convert food and drink into energy is essential for maintaining a healthy weight and our overall well being. Lately there has been growing interest in Hypopressives due to their potential to enhance metabolism and assist with weight management. Let's delve into how Hypopressives can influence metabolism and the evidence supporting these claims.

Understanding Hypopressives

Hypopressives involve exercises that target both the pelvic floor and core muscles. Coined from "hypo" meaning low or reduced in Greek and "pressives" referring to pressure, this Low Pressure Fitness regimen was developed by Dr. Marcel Caufriez—a physiotherapist—and has gained recognition for its exceptional ability to strengthen and rehabilitate the pelvic floor.

Hypopressives is a combination of breathing exercises and body positions that focus on how the body restores itself from the inside. These pelvic floor exercises work by lowering intra-abdominal pressure, building core strength from the inside out, and strengthening muscles like the pelvic floor and transversus abdominis.

The Metabolic Impact of Hypopressives

Research suggests that hypopressive exercises may positively impact metabolism by increasing the body's calorie burning ability and aiding in weight management. Here's how hypopressives may contribute to an improved metabolic rate.

1. Increased Muscle Activation
Hypopressives engage a wide range of muscles, especially the core muscles. Activating and strengthening these muscles can increase overall muscle mass. Since muscle tissue burns more calories at rest than fat tissue, having more muscle can boost the body's basal metabolic rate (BMR).

2. Enhanced Circulation and Oxygen Utilisation
The unique breathing technique in Hypopressives encourages improved circulation and oxygen utilisation throughout the body. This optimisation of oxygen supply may enhance metabolic processes and energy utilisation, potentially aiding in weight management.

3. Post-Exercise Calorie Burn
After completing a session of Hypopressive or Low Pressure exercises, the body may experience an "afterburn" effect, where it continues to burn calories at an elevated rate even after the exercise session ends. This post-exercise calorie burn contributes to an enhanced metabolic rate.

Supporting Evidence for Metabolic Benefits
While research on the metabolic effects of Hypopressives is ongoing, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting the positive impact.

A study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science (2017) demonstrated that participants who practised Low Pressure Fitness showed a significant increase in abdominal muscle activity compared to those who did not engage in these exercises. Increased muscle activity can lead to an improved metabolic rate.

According to a study published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology in 2015 women who practised Hypopressives saw improvements in their body composition indicating a positive impact on their metabolism.

Hypopressive exercises do hold promise for individuals looking to boost their metabolism. Although further research is necessary to understand these effects, the current evidence suggests that incorporating Hypopressives into a fitness routine could have valuable metabolic benefits.

Getting started

To do the Hypopressives classes it is important that you first learn the Breathing/Apnea technique properly so that you can get the most out of the classes and the time you invest in yourself.

Each week Simone runs Fundamentals sessions on Zoom where she explains the technique and guides you through all the steps. She will also give you feedback to make sure that you're doing it correctly. For some, the technique may come more quickly than others. Some of her clients, who are tighter in the ribs and thoracic spine do tend to take a little longer.

And here's the golden rule - for impactful change, Simone recommends at least three 15 to 20-minute workouts per week. Consistency is your best friend on this journey towards wellness.

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About the Author

Simone Muller is the founder of re-centre and has over 15 years of teaching experience across Pilates, Low Pressure Fitness and Yoga.

She launched the online platform to make Low Pressure Fitness and Hypopressives more accessible to more women around the world so that they can become the strongest and most functional versions of themselves.

Originally from South Africa, Simone's dance and Pilates career evolved when she faced post-childbirth challenges, prompting her to explore Low Pressure Fitness in Spain.

As the first level 3 instructor in London, she has witnessed transformative postnatal rehabilitation results in clients, addressing issues like Diastasis Recti, prolapse and incontinence.

Simone has written articles for the re-centre blog 'Kegels not Working?', 'The connection between menstruation and prolapse symptoms' and 'Why I love teaching postnatal rehabilitation?'.

Simone has also written guest posts for The Shala 'What is Low Pressure Fitness', Yana Active 'Prioritising your Pelvic Floor Health After Giving Birth and Nurturing the Core' and for The Pelvic Academy 'Empowering Women's Health - The Power of Collaboration Between Hypopressives, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths'.

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