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Boost yourself in Winter: Spring forward, Fall back

‘Spring forward, fall back’ might be an easy way to remember which way the clocks go when they change but they can also be a bit of a reflection of what happens to our energy levels. Motivating ourselves to exercise in the winter months can feel a bit more of a challenge, and those early morning classes are a real pill. The days are shorter, it’s harder to get out of bed, it’s cold…the excuses are SO much easier to make. But we are here to remind you of the benefits of keeping up your Fierce Grace practice this winter, when you might think you would really rather be hugging a hot water bottle in bed…

  1. IMMUNE BOOSTING. Hot yoga is great for your immune system, helping you combat the inevitable germ assault that is winter in the city.  Think of it like one of those power packs you pick up in a video game, or the real life Ready Brek glow that keeps your Wei Qi healthy allowing you to deflect germs like Wonder Woman and her magic bracelets.
  2. BEAUTY BOOSTING. The warmth of the studio also helps with circulation, giving your complexion a glow, your extremities a warm blooded hug, your muscles a chance to enjoy improved blood flow and your digestion a massage. All good news for anyone who finds their veg box is full of root veg, their skin drying out with central heating and cold air, and their hands and feet encased in so many layers they go up a shoe size.
  3. ENERGY BOOSTING. The lack of sunlight affects our melatonin levels, which in turn affects energy levels. Maintaining a regular practice will help ensure you sleep well, helping stabilise energy levels. Necessary for the ‘heads down’ approach everyone gets until early December.
  4. MOOD BOOSTING.   Exercise is a mood booster, not telling you anything you don’t already know there, but Not only that but the warmth of the beautiful Fierce Grace Brixton studio, and its happy, smiling members will give you a boost that will last all day!

Spring Forward, Fall Back: how to adjust

It’s really, truly Autumn now: the time of year when the clocks have gone back and you want to stay indoors with a mug of hot chocolate!

How many of you enjoyed that extra hour on Sunday? It’s easy to forget about and turn up an hour early for everything – maybe even our FG class!

How does the body adapt to the day-light saving time change? It would seem that gaining an hour is easier to absorb than losing an hour in the Springtime. By changing the time, we are resetting our 24-hour natural cycle, or circadian rhythm; “circa” (about) “dian” (a day). A good rule of thumb, even for time changes in air travel, is that it takes one day to adjust for every hour of time lost or gained.

Why do we have daylight-saving time? Since we live in a country where there are large shifts between Summer and Winter daylight hours, we love the extra sunlight in Summer, spending it outside in the park (or in beer gardens!), giving that extra hour in Springtime means we can enjoy longer evenings. Similarly, when we ‘Fall Back’ and gain an hour in Autumn, we have lighter, brighter mornings to help us out of bed and darker evenings, to set us up for winter hibernation. Economically, the extra daylight was also used to save costs on energy, fuel and candles.

Here are some great tips to help you stay balanced:

Expose yourself to plenty of light. When it starts to get dark out early, turn on the lights around the house, he says, to remind your brain that it’s not quite time for bed. Get outside during the day, maybe during your lunch break, for natural light. If it’s too cold, open your blinds to at least let some sunshine into your home.

Exercise late. Typically, experts don’t recommend working out too close to bedtime, but a late-afternoon or early-evening sweat session can help keep you energised during those dreary evenings.

Try light therapy. You could try buying a small box to keep on your desk at the office, or for women to turn one on while putting on makeup in the morning. The gadget mimics natural sunlight, so a regular lamp won’t do the trick.

Enjoy the light mornings!