What will you do with your extra hour of daylight?

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You have turned your clock ahead one hour this past weekend, now you have an extra hour of daylight. What are you going to do with it? Luckily, it seems the weather has taken a turn toward spring, so getting outside seems like a simple solution.

cartoonvarvel-youth2007Like many, you may have acted like a lump on a log the past few months. Now is a great time to kick start (or restart) some healthy habits. Winter creates a double negative of cold temperatures and less daylight, making it difficult and unmotivating to exercise outside. It’s time to get back into a good routine.

Take a walk. This one’s simple, take a quick walk around the neighborhood or at your favorite local park. Explore new walking or hiking trails. Get your muscles moving and your happy hormones pumping. Remember, sunlight = Vitamin D = more energy and better mood.2014_05_2014_0501_spring_yard_cleanup_2_rake

Yard cleanup. This one’s less enticing, but since it’s only March, now is a good time to get the gardens raked out and ready to go. Do it while it’s not too hot and miserable. Bonus, you will get your heart rate up and that counts as exercise. Two birds.

Team sports. Sports like soccer, baseball and softball get started this time of year. Find a local team and get involved. Not ready for a season commitment? Get some friends together and play once a week at your local rec fields, or set up a basketball hoop in your driveway.

Spring clealnts4qspring-cleaning-procrastination-seasonal-ecards-someecardsning. It’s still March, so we are likely to have a few more cold days. When you can’t get outside, work on spring cleaning. Go through your spring and summer clothes and decide what to keep and what to donate. Try them on. If you’re like me, you’ll find that favorite pair of shorts fitting a little tighter. There’s your kick in the pants to get out and get active.

Spring is coming, it’s time to wake up and get moving. You now have an extra hour of daylight, use it to your advantage. If nothing else, at least enjoy some sunshine.

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