Daylight Saving Time Begins – Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2 a.m. So remember to set all of your clocks one hour FORWARD in order to make it to work on time Monday morning. P.S. don’t forget about the clock in your car!

You lose an hour of sleep – As soon as the clock strikes 2 a.m. Sunday morning it immediately becomes 3 a.m. robbing you of a precious hour of sleep. Prepare for your body to feel a bit out-of-whack as you adjust over the next few days, and account for the missed hour of sleep. Remember, sleep is essential to maintaining a healthy body and mind.

Prep your Kids – Young children do not understand that the time changes; their bodies are accustomed to their routine of bedtimes and waking up in the morning at the same time — which is different after you adjust the clock for Daylight Saving Time. Start making incremental adjustments a few days ahead to make the transition easier for all of you. You will be happy you did come Monday morning when you have to wake them up to go to school or daycare.

Exercise promotes sleep regularity – Adding in a consistent exercise routine helps regulate your sleep cycle, and can help you feel refreshed in the morning. Begin your routine today and minimize the effects of the time change by getting a good night of sleep after a hard workout.

You can enjoy doing your cardio outside – Before or after your workout at your local LA Fitness head outside and cycle, run or go on a vigorous walk, all the while taking in that beautiful sunshine now available to you courtesy of the longer days!

It’s BBQ Time! – Barbequing your food is a great way to add savory flavors to your meats and vegetables without the addition of calorie-heavy butter and cooking oils that are often used when cooking on the stove top or in the oven. The warm spring air and longer days are a great reason to start grilling your favorite foods!

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