This Sunday, March 8, 2009; at 2a.m., marks the beginning of daylight savings time—when clocks spring forward and Americans are cheated out of an hour of quality sleep. So with that in mind, don’t find yourself napping this weekend. Adjusting your clock may result in more than just a deprived day of 1 hour sleep. DST actually doesn’t save any daylight. But by moving ahead an hour it facilitates extra daylight mainly for our commute from work.
Yes! We’ll get an hour less this weekend to sleep, however there is a bright side to daylight. First of all DST will allow us to use less energy at home, thus helping us save money so necessary in this economy. It can also have a positive spin on our health. The more light on the outside provides a better path to safety driving reducing the amount of car accidents. It also provides more time to be fit and healthy. During DST there is no excuse to not hit the gym or be active with outdoor activities. Do the things you enjoy the best, go for a bike ride, a jog, play a pickup game with the guys, or hit the afternoon golf range and no need to rush through it.
What I want you to do is to think about those fitness goals and resolutions you set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Have you accomplished them, or are you at the moment still striving for them? Have you even started yet? If you have, then you have plenty of resources and light to keep at it. If you haven't, then now is the time to start and “spring forward” with DST.
If you still need some motivation this spring, take a trip. Hot places such as Hawaii, Arizona, US Virgin Islands and my all time favorite Puerto Rico don’t observe DST; mainly since daylight hours are similar during every season (some places are even closer to the equator); therefore there is no advantage to shift the clock forward.
It’s always sunny in my home town of Puerto Rico!
If you need advice on your fitness program you can visit me at Electra Health Club and Spa or e-mail me with questions/comments. I would love to hear from you!
Eduardo Lorenzo – NASM-CPT; specializes in sports performance, injury prevention, corrective exercises, physique enhancement and weight loss programs