Put That Extra Fall Back Hour to Work(out) For You

Welcome to your Extra Hour Day — a day that always feels wonderfully like it is yawning and stretching and in no hurry to end.

During the day, that is. Then, if I remember correctly, 5pm arrives and brings with it full and instant blackness, which makes me keep looking at the clock wondering when I can go to bed.

When my teenagers were babies, I associated this time of year with getting them in their pajamas at 4:30pm and having them asleep by 5:10pm. Ah, those were the days. (Now none of my teens catch their second wind until 10:30pm, no matter how many hours are added to the day.)

Let me ask you this: Who was in charge this weekend at your house? You or your sweettooth? Hopefully, the leftover candy is finally out of the house. All of the good stuff is pretty much gone anyway.

Now it’s time to move on, as in moving one hour on. I like to think of Daylight Savings Time changes, both in the spring and in the fall, as a time to switch up your workout, much in the same way that many people switch their smoke alarm batteries.

The “Fall Back” is an especially opportune time to add or change a morning exercise plan because, if you’re anything like me, you will wake up starting tomorrow thinking, “Wow, I’m not late.”

After all, it’s the only time of year I wake up BEFORE my alarm and feel refreshed and unruffled.

Everyone’s lunch’s gets packed, no one misses the bus for sure, and I may even get to sit down for breakfast, although on Sunday morning my body always manages to somehow recalibrate so that I am still the same seven minutes late for church that I always am. Ah, the body clock is wise but the mental clock is wiser!

At our gym, I’m encouraging my 6am class takers to bring a friend to the early classes this week because getting in the car to go work out (when it is light) is so much easier than in the dark.

Consider adding a morning walk or even some floor calisthenics. Your dog will love this part. Just commit for one week and see if you can use the jumpstart of the end of Daylight Savings Time to make it easier.

I always say, if exercise were a pill, we’d all be addicted. It’d be the oxycontin for everything. We’d wreck our lives to get a refill. Insurance would not cover it because we’d put them out of business by fixing most age-related illnesses that keep those companies rolling in the money. Think about it!

Also, exercise is an especially effective medicine to give yourself in the morning. You will have more energy, be more awake and productive…and your day will go better.

Did I mention that exercise is FREE?

So, if anyone in your family asks you what you are doing on the living room floor doing crunches this morning, as they step over you on their way to the coffee pot, tell them you are trying to become an addict. Maybe you can get them hooked, too.

About the Author

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Penny Love Hoff is a health/ lifestyle/fitness coach, with two hip replacements, who has over 25 years of experience teaching exercise classes and inspiring aging athletes who want to get their active lifestyle back. She believes we can all stay younger for longer by taking charge of the health and fitness issues which limit us. She is the owner of Penny's Workout World. You can find her website at newhiptips.com  

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