Spring forward! Daylight Savings Time officially begins this Sunday morning at 2:00 am. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to have an extra hour of sunlight to maximize my daily post-work leisure time. Happy hour while the sun’s still out? Yes, please.
While we obviously consider sleep to be of the utmost importance, taking care of yourself involves a lot more than specific nighttime activities… if you know what I mean. (I mean sleep! Goodness, people.) Since you’ll have an extra hour of productive time to spend outside each day, there’s no excuse. Here are six healthy, wholesome endeavors you can try from this Sunday all the way until November 6th.
1. Build a treehouse. Pretend it’s for your kids if you must, but the time you’ll spend climbing up and down a giant tree, hauling supplies from Home Depot, and creatively solving physical space-related issues will be good for the body and the soul. Finish off your treehouse with a Leesa mattress and it’ll be the perfect palace for Sunday afternoon naps.
2. Organize a neighborhood game of Capture the Flag. If you live in a city, all the better. Just don’t topple all the shelves when you encounter the enemy in the corner bodega.
3. Channel Richard Simmons with a throwback fitness class, but move it outdoors. Join the fun if there’s already one in your area, or get the cousins together for some good old-fashioned power walking. Extra points for breaking out the neon leotards and leg warmers.
4. Undertake a modern-day treasure hunt. All you need is a smartphone and some friends for a Geocaching adventure, and imagining yourself as a present-day explorer does wonders for the ego.
5. Plan an office field day. Ask your boss for a half-day Friday (spin it as a few hours devoted to “team building”), send out a group email letting everyone know to wear gym clothes, and head to your local park for tug-of-war and human wheelbarrow races. Add in some water balloon games, then partner up to close out the day with some classic trust falls. (More game ideas here.)
There you have it: Six ideas to maximize enjoyment of the extra hour of daylight we’ll all get starting this Sunday. Be sure to report back if you take our advice.