When it comes to Daylight Saving Time most people ask about when it begins or ends, yet many others are concerned about the changing routine and how to stay energized during this period.
Change in weather, longer hours of sunlight and additional layers of clothing you’ll be leaving at home after months of freezing temperatures are all ominous signs that spring is finally approaching and energy levels are shifting. Warmer temperatures bring about change of season, making us want to head outside after a long winter filled with hibernating, unnecessary snacking and avoidance of the gym.
With Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, March 10th, make sure you’re starting off the spring months with your healthiest and best foot forward.
Here are some tips to stay healthy throughout the day that are sure to keep you awake and motivated throughout daylight savings time and the changing season. Below are 6 ways to energize.
1. Get your daily dose of Vitamin D.
The connection between mood disorders and vitamin D deficiency is well-established. A study at the University of Newcastle in Australia tested the effects of supplemental vitamin D intake versus a placebo in a group of healthy subjects in late winter. The subjects receiving vitamin D had a dramatic improvement in mood scores versus the placebo group.
“The two best ways to get the vitamin D are with adequate sun exposure (15-30 min per day) or a vitamin D supplement,” says Dr. John Cuomo.
2. Incorporate fitness into your daily regimen.
The National Sleep Foundation recently released reports that increasing regular exercise levels will lead to a better night’s sleep, providing long-term health benefits to the body. Countless other health authorities recommend incorporating fitness into your routines.
3. Boost your zinc intake to prevent energy drain and stave off that winter cold.
According to a study published in the American Society for Microbiology, zinc gluconate lozenges were tested in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial as a possible treatment for common colds. Zinc lozenges were found to shorten the average duration of common colds by about 7 days and up energy levels significantly.
4. Stay focused
According to The American Nutrition Association, including essential amino acid L-tryptophan into the body has been found to play a critical role in optimal mental activity, increasing focus, altering mood, maintaining good sleep and regulating food intake.
5. Add 30 minutes of activity to your day.
The American Heart Association, as well as countless other health authorities, recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week for a total of 1.5 hours of exercise per week. That's only 1.33% of your total week!
6. Take a ten minute time out.
According to Dr. David Sack, MD. Addiction Psychiatrist and CEO of Promises Treatment Center, taking a ten minute time out can free your mind and prevent your mind from getting fatigued.
These tips are written and shared by Anna Brodetsky.
How do you recover yourself at the start of the Daylight Saving Time? Share your experience and opinion in the comments section below.