Springing Forward_Week of 3/13/17

We have all sprung forward and now it is National Nap Day.  Who knew?  Are you one of those that thinks, “It really is 5:30AM, not 6:30AM.  I deserve to sleep a little more” or “Ugh … It’s 9:30, but really it’s 8:30.”  How long do you do that?  A couple of days or a week?   How long does it take for you to adjust to the time change?  The good news is, it doesn’t have to be a huge inconvenience for you.  Here are some tips to help you this week as you adjust.


spring ahead STAY ON SCHEDULE

The first thing you are going to want to do is adjust your daily routine to sneak a few extra minutes of sleep.  Take that and throw it out as an option.  Stick to your daily routine.  If you are an early riser, don’t use the time change as a reason to get friendly with your snooze button.  Stick to those 5:30AM, 8:00AM or 9:00AM workouts; even if they may seem like they are earlier.  If you workout in the evenings, don’t skip those workouts just because you are tired.


Are you done laughing?  Well, don’t worry.  I’m not telling you to get up earlier, I’m suggesting that you go to bed earlier.  This one is going to take a little bit of determination and will power on your part.  Our family went on a mini-vacation and lost our hour during our trip.  We definitely will be going to bed EARLY tonight.  Your body is drained and needs to restore itself for the time that it has lost.  Attempt for an hour early.  For us adults, with responsibilities, it will be challenging to do this.  Try for a couple of days.

You will then want to start adjusting your body by pushing your bedtime back by 10-15 minutes.  Eventually, you will be back to your regular bedtime, feeling fully refreshed.


Get off the treadmill, off the recumbent bike and take your workout OUTSIDE!  That fresh air will do you some good!   Although, I said not to go off schedule, spice things up and take an early evening stroll or jog.  Take the dogs for a walk or go play soccer with the family.    Getting that burst of real air will really do you some good!

I hope some of these tips will do you some good.  Don’t forget to HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!!!!

Remember, It’s You vs. You!  I’ll see you in the gym!

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