Daylight saving time is fast approaching, and while we aren’t thrilled about losing an hour of much-needed sleep come Sunday, we are rather excited for the longer days that await us. For ways in which we can take advantage of the brighter evenings in our near future, we reached out to yoga instructor and wellness expert Carolina Russ for some healthy habits to pick up now that daylight saving has started.
Not sure what to do with yourself after months of hibernating from the cold, dreary winter? Russ has given us all kinds of ideas for embracing the outdoors in the later hours of the day as well as tips on how to combat the darker mornings that lie ahead. From waking up with the sunrise to outdoor yoga, there are many ways in which we can get healthy while also enjoying the spring and summer months. For Russ’s expert tips on improving your health come daylight saving time, keep on reading.
Wake Up With The Sunrise
According to Russ, our bodies are naturally in tune with the cycles of nature, therefore it is healthy for us to wake up with the sun and not before the sun, as studies show waking up too early can be detrimental to our health. Since daylight saving time means darker mornings, Russ recommends waking up, lighting a candle, and setting your intentions for the day. Before heading out the door, she says to perform three to five sun salutations, as this "is the perfect sequence to move and open your heart for the day ahead."
No need to stick to a routine. Russ says to make a list of 20 active things that you love to do, and not to forget about "the things you haven't done in years, those that you would like to try but are too afraid to, and things that seem interesting but you haven't had the time or courage to try." Each week, try ticking an activity off the list, and "let your inner child enjoy a few extra hours of sunlight," says Russ.
Russ believes working out in nature gives us a more positive frame of mind. And she's not wrong. According to studies, participating in outdoor physical activity has a greater effect on our mental and physical well-being, with volunteers reporting more enjoyment and higher psychological tests when it came to enthusiasm and self-esteem. For ways in which you can take your workout outside, Russ recommends yoga, walking, and meditation.
A large part of enjoying the outdoors is disconnecting from technology. Be it on a walk or an hour before bed, Russ recommends stepping away from electronics and allowing yourself to unwind. She personally recommends reading a book and or taking 10 slow, deep breaths to gather yourself and let go of your daily pressures and responsibilities.
Take Advantage Of The Extra Light
Since most of us spend our 9-to-5 inside, Russ says daylight saving time is the "opportune time to spend the last two hours of the day outdoors." Be it walking your dog or riding a bike, Russ says to choose something you love doing so that you will look forward to the activity and turn it into a healthy habit.
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