BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD) – Daylight Saving Time is here, and that could impact your workout routine.
Days are now getting shorter and that can have an impact on your fitness routine.
“What’s going to happen is it’s going to get light earlier and it’s going to get dark earlier. So if you’re used to working out indoors inside you’re going to be the least affected. If you usually work out outside your schedule is probably going to have to shift a little bit.”
YMCA personal trainer Meredith Atteberry said to use the time change to your advantage.
“One of the benefits of the fall time change is that we’re going to get an extra hour of sleep, which is great. Let’s use that to our advantage. So if you typically work out in the evenings, you’re going to notice that your motivation is going to go down. Usually in the fall, winter time we are more inclined to go to bed earlier because he gets dark earlier, but also what happens is if it’s dark when you get off of work chances are you are not going to be as motivated to go exercise.”
There are a few things you can do to combat this. Atteberry suggested to try switching your schedule.
“If you were thinking about switching from an evening exercise her to a morning exercise her now is a perfect time to do it. You can use that extra hour of sleep to your advantage. And now with it getting late earlier chances are you were going to be going to bed sooner. “
If you don’t want to switch the time of day you work out, Atterbery said try stepping up your routine.
“Set a big goal. This is a great time. Set that big goal, work backwards, come up with a plan. Even if it’s something as simple as I’m going to work out three days a week starting now. That’s going to get you more motivated to get it done when you get off work even if it is dark.”
And When in doubt, Atterbery said grab a friend.
“Maybe there is somebody in your exact same shoes that knows that lack of motivation is on its way or it’s about to get blown up even more. Grab that buddy and say hey I wanna make a change do you want to do this with me? And chances are they’re looking for a buddy to.”