It’s time to change your work out and your clocks back! On Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 a.m., most of the people in the United States and Canada will need to set their clocks back one hour marking the end of Daylight Saving Time.
Less daylight in the evening hours combined with the shortened days of fall and winter offer an ideal time to shift the focus of your workout program. For many of you, this is the season to build big and beautiful muscles by implementing mass building resistance training. For endurance athletes, this is the offseason and an opportunity to cross-train, strengthen your core and increase your balance and alignment. For others, it is the perfect time to get back into your LA Fitness club and back into the routine of regular workouts. Not to mention, it’s a chance to beat the holiday weight gain and get a head start your New Year’s fitness resolutions.
Living Healthy is here to help guide you to all of your fitness goals. With our “Get Big (fill in muscle of choice here)” series coming out soon, cross training circuits and the latest tips on pound-shedding weight loss workouts, we have a the tools, motivation and information you need this fall and winter.
Of course, don’t forget about your CLOCKS!
Here is a checklist to help you make sure you have all your clocks covered:
- Bedroom alarm clock
- DVD and or VCR
- Wrist watch (all of them if you have more than one)
- Wall clocks
- Phone (if it doesn’t automatically update)
- Computer or laptop (Again, if it doesn’t automatically update)
- Voicemail time stamps and answering machines
- Guest bedrooms
- Kid’s rooms and alarm clocks
- HOTEL ALARM CLOCK – if you will be away for the weekend
Remember…set them BACK ONE HOUR!
For those traveling to Arizona and Hawaii, it is important to note that these states do not adjust for Daylight Saving Time changes.
Check out some additional helpful TOP TIPS to consider for this year’s fall time change:
In the Mornings…
Consider an AM run, walk or bike – It is going to get dark pretty early for the next four months. So you may want to consider switching your outdoor evening cardio sessions to the mornings. You also may be more lethargic in the evenings since it will feel later than it actually is. Exercise is a great way to energize yourself and start your day, so give it a shot and give yourself a natural morning boost!
Don’t forget your sunglasses – If you wake up bright and early, it has probably been anything but bright outside. That is about to change come Monday.
Considerations for Children – If you have children, then incrementally adjusting their wake up time over the weekend is in both of your best interests. Otherwise you might miss an hour of sleep come Monday when your child’s internal clock tells them to wake up at an hour earlier than the actual time. For instance, if they normally wake up at 6:30 a.m., don’t be surprised if your child is walking in your room asking for breakfast at 5:30 a.m. It happens, so plan ahead.
In the Middle of Day…
Get your Dose of Vitamin D – As the days become shorter and shorter it will take a little extra planning to make sure you get some sun. Midday lunch or breaks may be the best opportunity for many of you to get outside when there is daylight. Go for a walk, or if the climate permits, have lunch outside to help your body get a healthy dose of vitamin D. Bonus, a healthy dose of sunlight is also shown to improve sleep and mood, too![i]
In the Evenings…
Considerations for Children – Just like you, your child may be a bit more lethargic in the evenings. Adjust their bed time in increments a few days before the time change—make bedtime 15 or 20 minutes earlier each day—to help them transition.
Get out of the Dark and Into the Gym! – Get into the club and get the most out of your LA Fitness membership. Bypass nature’s elements, and into the lighted and a climate controlled environment of an LA Fitness. It is the perfect solution staying fit and active this fall and winter. See you in the club!
Commuting – Remember that when you park your car in the mornings to take into consideration that it may be dark out when you leave work, school and other daily obligations. Make sure to park in areas that will be well lit when you return to your car in the evening.
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[i] Information gather from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2290997/