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.