Lorient. The drop in mercury uncomfortable for the practice of yoga! – HIT WEST

December 12, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. – Modified: December 12, 2022 at 6:06 p.m. by Dolorès CHARLES

Among the 10 measures of the French plan for energy sobriety in sport, there is the reduction of water temperature by at least 1°C in swimming pools, the reduction of heating by at least 2°C in gymnasiums and private gyms, etc. In Lorient in Morbihan, the measure is applied but the purpose is not the same for all sports.

Reduce the temperature in sports halls by 2°, do not exceed 14° in gymnasiums: this is the invitation of the Ministry of Sports, as part of the energy sobriety plan, which includes around ten measures such as the drop in water temperature in swimming pools or the drop of almost 50% in pre-match and post-match lighting for professional rugby and football during the day and more than 30% at night. .. This reduction in heating is taken up by many municipalities, such as that of Lorient, for example, but for associations, adapting the heating can turn into a headache: these general rules are not always easy to put in place… especially when the spaces are shared between different sports activities.

It depends on the activities

Yann Launay met Jacques Collinpresident of the CEP, the Circle of Physical Education of Lorient, which has 2,000 members: “We cannot drop to 14-15° since we receive children, the elderly, people who do yoga or the gym and who obviously remain motionless and are cold. The big problem here is that we have a building that was made after the war, we can reach 19° at the bottom and 15 at the top. We have big problems with insulation, especially since on weekends, we lower the temperature to save heating, but by the time the boiler starts up again, we reach temperature on Tuesday. It’s definitely a problem for us.”

Jacques Collin

Credit: Yann Launay

Athletes adapt more or less

For their part, the practitioners of the most dynamic sports seem to adapt without too much difficulty to the drop in temperatures. This is the case, for example, for these fitness enthusiasts from CEP Lorient: “Since we have a very active fitness class, we don’t feel the cold at all. We start with a little sweater and we take it off quickly… Possibly after the exercise, it’s a bit chilly and at the end of the lesson you have to get dressed. I do the same at home, I get dressed, and I put on a jacket rather than turning up the heating! Anyway, I also dropped a degree at home. There is not much choice, we adapt. On the other hand, as soon as you get back on your bike and forget your gloves, it’s another story.”

Practitioners’ reactions

Credit: Yann Launay

But for yoga it’s uncomfortable

For the most intense sports, lowering the heating does not necessarily pose a problem. But for some more static activities, it’s less obvious: Vincent Le Meur is a yoga teacher at CEP Lorient. Difficult in his eyes to envisage a “classic” session by 14 or 15 degrees in the room: “a stiffening takes place, the body contracts and it is uncomfortable! For other sports activities, it is different, in any case, in the practice of yoga, we seek to experience ourselves and if we are in an uncomfortable situation, it is impossible! We are parasitized by this discomfort that is generated by the cold and one cannot go so easily in oneself, with postures etc. You need a bit of comfort, so a bit of temperature, it makes things easier.”

Vincent Le Meur

Credit: Yann Launay

Private sports halls have also been invited to lower the temperature of their spaces by 2°, from 20 to 18°. Ademe estimates that lowering the heating temperature of a sports hall by 1° can reduce consumption, on average, by 7%.

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Lorient. The drop in mercury uncomfortable for the practice of yoga! – HIT WEST

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