Whether we’re springing forward or falling back, the biannual time shift is, at best, a discombobulating experience – but changing the clocks also gives us a ready-made opportunity to change ourselves.
You already know that shifting your entire schedule by an hour throws off many of your usual rhythms and routines. This gives you the chance to throw out a single bad habit and replace it with something better. Today already feels unusual, right? Why not use it as a motivator to try something new?
Three habits you can tweak today:
Since your body clock is already protesting against the time change, commit to going to bed a little earlier tonight. Then make that your new bedtime for tomorrow night. And the night after that.
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Since your meals are already off-schedule, commit to making one positive dietary change. Maybe you’ll have a piece of fruit instead of a candy bar for your afternoon snack. Maybe you’ll eat more protein and fibrous vegetables at lunch so you can skip the snack altogether.
Since you’ll get an extra hour of daylight, commit to adding 15-30 minutes of exercise into your day. Maybe you’ll do 15 minutes of bodyweight exercises or a 30-minute walk. Maybe the extra light will motivate you into stopping by the gym and getting one of those exercise bikes by the window — or getting on a real bike and going for a ride.