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Time for Change

Walking after work is more difficult since the time change.

November is here and the biggest change of the calendar comes with the time change. The end of daylight savings time came with the first weekend in November and that means a shift in time. We’ve gone from driving to work in the dark and coming home in the light to the exact opposite. It seems we’ve jumped right into the winter season with the cold and the early dark evenings. And that makes getting outdoors in the evening a challenge. That’s why I wanted to offer a few tips on helping you escape the indoors.

- Adjust Your Schedule

I always enjoy getting outside after work. I work an office job and don’t get out as much and I would like during the day. But with it being dark by the time I get home, it really makes it tough to enjoy the outdoors. Now depending on where you live, you may be able to get out and go for a walk. But, if you live out in a rural area, going for a walk can be difficult. There are no lights or sidewalks so walking on a dark country road can be dangerous. You could wear a lighted vest and reflective tape, but even then it can be a bit scary. That’s why it might be a better option to get your daily outdoor fix in the morning. Readjust you schedule so that you can go for that walk in the morning as soon as it’s light enough. You’ll enjoy the peace of the morning and get a does of fresh air to start you day. Just be aware that it may be a bit colder in the morning so, you’ll want to bundle up.

- Lunch Walk

If you’re lucky enough to get an hour lunch break during the work day, then you have the perfect opportunity to get some sun during the day. Instead of driving to pick up lunch, pack your lunch and go for a walk. You don’t have to spend the whole hour outside, but even to get out for 15 minutes will help your mood and give you enough energy to get through the rest of your work day.

Plan your weekends during the week and you may be surprised at what you discover.

- Weekends Are Important

Now that the weekdays offer very little time to enjoy the daylight. I really makes your weekend that much more important. I think sometimes we take our summers for granted. We have light from 5am to 9pm and that gives us so many opportunities to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Now when the weekend gets here we need to be ready for it. And that means planning. You don’t want to waste your weekend figuring out what you want to do so why not look ahead and figure it out during those dark nights of the week? That way you can hit the ground running and enjoy as much of the day as you can. Another tip to help get your weekend started is doing your normal weekend chores during the week. Thing like laundry and cleaning the house can be done during the week. Leaving you free to do what you want when you want when the weekend does get here.

This is really a great time of year in Wisconsin. Taking advantage of it can be tricky but you’ll find with a little adjusting and planning you really can make the most of the shorter daylight. I mean let’s face it, the sunsets this time of year are incredible and watching the sun set as you get home, it’s pretty amazing. The opportunities are there, you just need to get out and enjoy them as you head out to be one of Wisconsin’s Outdoor Explorers

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