Daylight Savings Time can seem like a drag. While it may take a while for your body to adjust to the time shift, the extra hour of daylight is definitely worth it. As the weather warms up, how will you spend your extra hour of sunlight? If the cold weather has numbed your creativity, here are some positive ways you can spend your extra hour of daylight:
Join an adult athletic league. Not only will you get in a full workout before nightfall, you’ll also head into summer with a new set of friends. Whether you play soccer, baseball, volleyball, or badminton, jumping into an athletic league could help you get healthy and stay fit. You’ll also set a great example for your kids, who might want to join a little league athletic team too.
Stroll through the woods. Do you live near a state or national park? Spring is a great time to catch budding plant and animal life. You could even scope out potential camping spots for an affordable and easy weekend getaway during the summer.
Attend an outdoor event. Do an online search for plays, concerts, and live outdoor sporting events in your area. Many towns host free outdoor movies, orchestral performances, and theater productions as the weather warms up. Pack a picnic and make an evening out of it!
Visit your local farmer’s market for this season’s freshest vegetables and local meat. Then, fire up the grill for an outdoor dinner! And dessert? Check out our next tip.
Pick your own fruit. At some point in the season, many fruit farms will open their grounds to the public. Some farms charge by the pound; others charge a flat fee and provide you with a box or basket you can fill up on your own. Extend your family time by baking a pie or cobbler together!
Eat outdoors. You can pack a picnic, eat on the back patio or porch, or check out your city’s food truck scene. If you really want to wake up your taste buds, do an online search for spring food festivals in your area.
Jumpstart your spring cleaning. Don’t worry about scrubbing your house from top to bottom. Gather your cleaning supplies, choose one area to focus on, and set a timer for 15 minutes. When those 15 minutes are up, stop! Try tidying up for 15 minutes a day and you’ll be well on your way to a spotless home.
Get to know your neighbors. According to the Pew Research Center, fewer than half of American adults know their neighbors. Organize a block party, neighborhood picnic, or encourage your kids to put on an outdoor play for their friends on the block. Or, try sharing some of the fresh fruits and veggies you gathered at the farmer’s market!
Turn off the lights to save a few bucks. When you get home from work or school, see how long you can go without turning the lights on in your home. Open the blinds and let the sun in! You’ll probably save on your electricity bill, especially if you can naturally heat your home until the sun goes down.
How will you spend your extra hour of sunlight? Will you spend time with your family? Change up your usual menu? Meet a new friend? Whatever you do, don’t’ forget to stop and enjoy the moment, maybe even the sunset. Head over to our Facebook page to let us know what you’ll be up to.