How Daylight Savings Time Can Help You Lose Weight

The Clocks Going Forward Can Help You Lose Weight and Get Fit!

Last Sunday, March 27th marked the date that we changed our clocks in observance of Daylight Saving Time, resulting in more daylight at the end of each day.

Many people dread this “spring forward” tradition, because it means getting one less hour of sleep. However, you can take advantage of the upcoming time change to help you improve your overall fitness and health routine and lose weight.

The effect of daylight

The sunlight has a profound impact on our bodies, particularly two hormones that control mood and energy:

  • Serotonin
  • Melatonin

  • Serotonin tends to boost mood and energy, while melatonin tends to make you feel sleepy. Too much of it can even lead to depressed feelings in some people. Winter depression is a common disorder that many people suffer with during the long, dark winter months, and it is often directly tied to the effect of less daylight, so less serotonin and too much melatonin.

    When sunlight is plentiful (such as during the late spring and summer months), you will produce more serotonin and less melatonin. The result can be a dramatic shift in your overall feelings of well-being and energy and you will likely find that you have more energy and motivation when the days begin to lengthen.

    Put the longer days to work for you

    Have you struggled to work out this winter?

    Has your motivation been weak?

    Less daylight may be the reason. If you didn’t head into autumn and winter last year with a solidly entrenched fitness habit, you may have lost motivation and spent the winter merely wishing that you were working out.

    Long-term fitness is the result of having a fitness routine and sticking with it. Once a habit becomes part of your life, it is easy to keep it up, even if your motivation and energy drop from time to time, as they surely will and particularly in autumn and winter.

    This is the perfect time to begin building healthy exercise habits.

    The increased serotonin in your body will boost your mood and energy so giving you the motivation to create an exercise routine. Get serious about this routine, so that by the time autumn rolls around, you will be firmly entrenched in your healthy lifestyle and will be able to beat next year’s winter weight gain.

    A solid fitness habit built through the spring and summer will carry you through the dark days of the autumn and winter when energy and motivation lag, so finishing next year stronger.

    So why not start today to take advantage of the longer days and increased sunlight. There is already a marked difference in the light levels and as we get closer to spring and summer, the days will get longer and longer, giving you more time and opportunity to work out.

    Its light now for all our natural movement Bootcamps so why not get started today, you will find it tough at first but soon you will love the feeling it gives you! Click here for full details of classes and membership rates.

    At FLI Fitness we have introduced MindBody APP which means you can book your classes on the move. Your booked sessions are then confirmed on arrival and we can record every session you have attended. You will be rewarded with a 40% off voucher for every 12 Bootcamp sessions attended which can be used towards PT, Health Coaching session or Massage with us or a SPA treatment at Ashford International Hotel between Monday and Thursday.

    Start enjoying the benefits of regular stimulating natural movement exercises!