Come late fall, setting clocks back an hour that dreaded Saturday night can come as a shock to the system—especially if you’re among the folks that prefer to spend all your free time outside.
But the change doesn’t have to be a negative one or make you feel like you have a bout of seasonal depression. Here are a few ways to easily avoid the Daylight Savings Blues:
Start thinking about what’s going to get your adrenalin pumping this winter. Are you going to get your first pair of snowshoes for some long, snowy hikes? Become a more experienced winter camper? Try telemarking for the first time? Get better at snowboarding? Put more time in on the mountain?
Figure out what you really want to do with your time and focus on a goal. Take the shorter days to mean that it’s almost time to start having winter fun and begin to gear up, doing whatever it takes to get in shape and get your equipment ready.
It may go without saying, but when the days get shorter it can be tempting to let your summer fitness and nutrition plan fly up the chimney like smoke. Adopt a winter fitness plan. Resist the urge to sit on the couch all afternoon watching Jersey Shore with a bag of chips ... sticking to your summer eating habits, healthy cooking and activity level will keep your spirits high.
Imitate Your Grandparents’ Early Bird Sleeping Habits and Embrace the Wee Hours
Who cares how lame you feel when your friends are calling you to meet them at happy hour and you’re already in your PJs? When you’re up hours before the rest of the world, with enough time to get in a trail run with your dog, short hike, climbing wall session, bike ride or whatever it is you love to do before you have to jet off to work, you’ll feel great about yourself all day long.
…Or Go the Nocturnal Route and Sharpen Your Night Vision
Eat lots of carrots and get used to the dark. Embrace the night. Nighttime mountain biking, trail running after dark and hiking (and, if conditions permit, cross country skiing and snowshoeing) can be so much more thrilling than doing the things you love in the daylight.
Plus, when the snow falls and blankets the ground, that icy white layer will reflect any light from the sky or atmosphere so winter is actually the perfect time to get outdoors after dark. Just take all the proper precautions to stay safe and avoid hazards.