Anyone else seriously struggling to get up this week because of Daylight Savings last weekend?! Now, I know I’m struggling in part from our mini LA vacation last weekend and the resulting jetlag but I also know my body enough to know that Daylight Savings is definitely playing a role. While it may be hard to get up this week, I know the extra hour of sunlight (and leaving the office when it is still light out) is so worth it! Not only does it mentally feel good to leave the office before it looks like the middle of the night outside, but getting in some extra sunlight (in moderation, of course) in the evening also has so many benefits for our health.
Generally, soaking up sun can improve bone health, help strengthen your immune system, prevent certain cancers, help reduce fat, and even heal minor hormonal problems. Sun exposure can also help kill bad bacteria, benefit skin disorders such as psoriasis, acne, eczema & fungal infections of the skin, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, cleanse your blood & blood vessels, increase oxygen content in your blood, and even help cure depression.
So now that we know how beneficial this extra sunlight can be, you might be asking exactly how you should be taking advantage of this extra post-work sunlight. Well, lucky for you, here are my top ten activities to take advantage of all this after-work sunlight:
Enjoy dinner (and drinks outdoors)
Take a hike or a long walk (city streets or parks, anywhere really)
Grow a garden (get some extra time outdoors while growing healthy foods to eat at home)
Join a kickball or softball league (or soccer or any outdoor active activity)
Take your workout outdoors (go for a run, enjoy a yoga flow as the sunsets, or try a HIIT circuit)
Kick-start your spring-cleaning. Spring may technically not start until March 20th but it feels so good to get ahead on this one (oh just me?!) And yes, okay, this one might not technically be outside, but I promise it is more enjoyable when there is some light coming in and you don’t feel like your room is a dungeon
Take a book (or magazine) to the patio, balcony, or park
Grill your dinner outdoors (this is one of my personal favorites, would any of my other NYC babes kill to have a grill in the Spring & Summer?!)
Bike home from work (Citi bikes or another similar bike rental program are great for this, or just bike to work so you can bike home)
Stop scrolling on Instagram, make plans with a friend, and go spend some time with them outside in real life.