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Daylight Savings Time is Not My Friend

Sunday, August 05, 2012

The time I spend walking is my "me time". I lace up my shoes, crank up my MP3 player, and head out. I walk off my stress or use the time to think. It's my time to unwind. Occasionally, I even have an epiphany while I am walking.

One night as I was walking, I started thinking about my exercise routine. Last fall, I started getting up early so I could work out before work. I felt great! I was more awake and alert at work, and even made it to work on time a few times (I usually clock in a few minutes late). Exercising first thing in the morning meant I couldn't make an excuse not to exercise later in the day.

Recently, I have been trying to get back into this routine, but I just can't seem to get out of bed. As I was walking, I thought about why I was able to get up early last fall, but I can't drag myself out of bed now. And then it hit me -- Daylight savings time!

Daylight savings time is not my friend. Yes, I enjoy the extra daylight hours in the summer time, but my body has a hard time adjusting to the time change. The last few weeks before DST ends are the worst. I have a hard time dragging myself out of bed, even at my "normal" time, which means I am almost always running late for work.

When I started working out last fall, we were on standard time so 6 am was 6 am. Right now, we are on DST so 6 am is really 5 am. My body just does not function at 5 am, no matter what time the clock says.

For now, I am getting my exercise when I can. I walk on my breaks at work, and I go to the gym 2-3 times a week. When we return to standard time, I will try my early morning workouts again.
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    it takes the body time to adjust but if you can get it to adjust not keep 2 clocke one set right and the other set for the dst then yo can aalways get up at what is not 5 and it will be easier to keep the body on track you will be able to get the work outs done in the am like you like to do
    2028 days ago
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