How Daylight Savings Time Can Help You Lose Weight and Get Fit
On Sunday, March 10, we change our clocks to ”spring forward” in observance of Daylight Savings Time. This tradition will result in more daylight at the end of each day.
Many people dread this tradition, because they feel they are losing one hour of sleep. But you can take advantage of the upcoming time change to help you improve your overall fitness and health routine.
The effect of daylight
The sunlight has a profound impact on our bodies, particularly two hormones that control mood and energy: serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin tends to boost mood and energy, while melatonin tends to make you feel sleepy. Winter depression is a common disorder that many people struggle with during the long, dark winter months. Researchers claim it is often the result of less daylight hours.
Plentiful sunlight (spring & summer) = more serotonin. Reduced sunlight (fall & winter) = more melatonin. The result can be a dramatic shift in your overall feelings of well-being and energy; 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!
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.
This is the perfect time to begin building healthy exercise habits.
As daylight hours begin to increase, you will have more time and opportunity to work out. The serotonin in your body will boost your mood and energy, giving you the motivation to create an exercise routine that will become a part of your healthy lifestyle.
A solid fitness habit will carry you through the dark days of winter when energy and motivation lag, and you will finish the winter strong. Get started now!