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As the recent freak warm weather suggests, the start of warmer weather and daylight saving time is upon us. As the clocks spring forward by one hour, we’ll benefit from lighter mornings and later sunsets. However, losing as little as one hour can be enough to leave people feeling groggy for a day or two.
Research from a recent study by MINDBODY found that on average, people who went to the gym got more sleep over a 24-hour high-intensity period. But what happens when the clocks change? We’ve asked the experts—and compiled some trusty tips—for what we can do to better prepare ourselves for the time difference.
“Whether it’s a brisk walk outside, a jog or a high-intensity class, it all counts and you’ll feel less restless when your head hits the pillow, making it easier to get an early night,” says Fiona Crossley, the owner at F45 Kingston.
“For the week leading up to the clocks changing, move your routine up by a few minutes each day. For example, begin to wind down 45 mins before going to bed (instead of your usual 30) and ban screens and reading material in bed,” says Leon Taylor, an Olympic medallist and yoga teacher. “Put your phone in another room (use an alarm clock if needed) and ensure your room is dark, quiet and slightly cool in temperature for best quality sleep.”
Need a little *extra* help when it comes to adapting to the time change? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our battle-tested tips and tricks:
- Channel the positive energy: Introduce a short meditation practice every day to help you unwind and calm the mind. Try Re:Mind on for guided sessions.
- Let the light in: Soak up some Vitamin-D! Get off the bus one stop early on the way to work, park further from the office or take your morning meeting outside to give yourself some extra natural sunlight.
- Sweet dreams: Bank your sleep and try taking a power nap on Sunday—but no longer than an hour—to reset your body (and mind) for the week ahead.
- Just breathe: Try 10 minutes of stretching with focused yoga breathing before bed to release the day’s tension and better settle in for an early night.
- Say ‘no thank you’: Coffee or cocktails? Politely decline. Avoid stimulants that can interfere with sleep, like caffeine and alcohol.
Whatever you try this daylight saving time, resetting your internal clock the healthy and natural way will have you embracing those extra hours of daylight all spring and summer long!
Approximately 12,000 women aged 40 or younger are diagnosed with breast cancer every year*. Fortunately, there are preventative steps that we can take to help protect ourselves and each other—one of the best ones being exercise. That’s right. Not only does exercise help us release endorphins, but just 30 minutes of exercise three to four times per week can help decrease a person’s risk of developing breast cancer by 30–50%*.
This is hope in a statistic. Just by adopting a more healthy, active lifestyle, we could prevent the risk of developing breast cancer, while also inspiring others to reduce their risk as well. Keep A Breast Foundation has made doing just this their mission through their annual fundraising campaign, Fit 4 Prevention.
Every October, studios from all over the globe participate by raising money through donation-based workout classes for the Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB). They have created a national movement dedicated to educating others about breast cancer prevention through fitness and wellness—something Mindbody is extremely passionate about. Participating in your favorite activities, all while supporting, preventing, and spreading awareness about breast cancer awareness? Let’s get moving.
If you want to take a donation-based class at your favorite studio, encourage your favorite studios to sign up to bring your community closer together in a meaningful way. Registering is quick and easy. If you think your local studio may be interested in participating, have them check out KAB’s help page—where they can learn how to register for a donation-based class during the month of October. KAB even has a social media kit available to fitness studios to help them promote their donation-based classes.
Can’t find a local studio to take a donation-based class near you? Don’t worry, you can still give your support by donating directly to KAB’s website. Luckily, any time that you are moving your body and spreading the word—you’re doing your part in spreading awareness on how to help prevent breast cancer. That is beyond amazing.
This October, we hope you’ll join us in our plight to support the KAB Foundation and its mission to help prevent breast cancer through cultivating a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through movement, health, and wellness—we can reach great heights, together.
To learn more about the KAB Foundation and its mission and how you can get involved further, visit their website.
* National Cancer Institute