Get ready to spring ahead this week! Daylight Saving Time is Sunday, March 13. You’ll be treated to an extra hour of daylight every evening. While this means mornings will be darker, think of all you can do after work with the extra sunshine. We’ve provided suggestions below to help you kickstart your DST days. But first, a brief history of Daylight Saving Time:
Debunking Daylight Saving Time Myths
While many refer to this DST as ‘Daylight Savings Time,’ the proper name is simply ‘Daylight Saving Time.’ There isn’t an ‘s’ at the end of ‘Saving.’ Another interesting historical tidbit that surprised us is that despite popular belief, Benjamin Franklin is not responsible for the implementation of Daylight Saving Time. He penned an essay to Parisians while living in Paris during 1784 in which he suggested that the modern-day equivalent of $200 million could be saved if the people of Paris used sunshine instead of candles. This satirical essay lead many to believe that Franklin began the practice of Daylight Saving Time, but he simply suggested an alteration of sleep schedules, not a change in time itself.
It was William Willett, an Englishman, who proposed moving clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October. He had this epiphany while on an early-morning horseback ride during which he thought that more people should be able to enjoy the morning sun. The English government wasn’t convinced despite Willett’s efforts to make this change happen. Germany, instead, became the first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time in 1916 to conserve electricity.
Now that we’re caught up on the history of Daylight Saving Time, here’s how you can maximize your extra hour of sunshine:
Amp up Your Afternoon Productivity
Mustering up motivation to do anything more than veg out in front of the television after a long day of work can be challenging, especially when it’s dark by the time the clock strikes 5:00 p.m. Use your newly acquired extra dose of vitamin D to spend time doing what you love. Work on that photography project you’ve been putting off (hello, sunset photos!) or read a book outside in a park (if your home climate permits).
Put a Twist on ‘Happy Hour’ with Friends
Spend your extra hour going on a walk with friends (bundle up if you’re in a cold weather state), having a cup of coffee or tea while enjoying the sunset or doing a group yoga session outside. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin as we like to call it, provides a host of wonderful health benefits. It’s essential for bone health and may also help with symptoms of depression and protect against colds. So commit to spending a few ‘happier’ hours outside during the week to reap the benefits of the sun’s vitamin-providing powers (remember to wear SPF).
Here are four delicious supplements to help you get your daily dose of vitamin D if you can’t spend time in the sun:
Say ‘Yes’ to Afternoon Workouts
With an extra hour of sunlight, it will become easier to say ‘yes’ to that workout you were hoping to squeeze in earlier in the day. Lace up or peddle home rather than driving. Because of that extra hour of daylight, you won’t have to worry about running or biking in the dark. If you have limited time or energy at the end of the day, even a short walk in the sunshine to clear your mind of the day’s work is beneficial.
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