Longer evening hours mean more time to walk.

Welcome Daylight Savings: Time to Walk After Work

The arrival of daylight savings time is cause for celebration for anyone seeking to up their fitness. With plenty of daylight left after you get home from work, there’s just no excuse not to take an evening walk. Here’s how to establish a post-work walking routine.

Get In and Get Out

Once you open the refrigerator, start going through the mail, or turn on the TV it’s all over. Or at least it’s that much harder not to settle in for the night. Instead, have your walking shoes ready to go, and put them on as soon as you change out of your work clothes.

Walk from Work

Alternatively, many people find it fun to walk with coworkers after work. If there’s a park or walking path near your office so much the better, but if not, map out a route that takes you through a happening neighborhood or some pretty gardens. Follow up with a drink or dinner if there’s time.

Capitalize On Couple Time

Catching up at the end of the day is a time-honored ritual for couples, so why not do it while strolling the neighborhood? As soon as you walk in the door, grab your jackets and head back out the door. Your eagerness to hear about your spouse or loved one’s day will fuel your enthusiasm.

Make It a Family Affair

Kids typically on the couch when you get home? Sure they’re tired after the school day, but unless they’ve already had sports practice, it’s important for them to get some exercise before settling for the evening’s homework routine. And if they protest? Tell them to put down the remote and get moving if they want dinner.

Thrill Your Dog

If your pooch has been cooped up all day, you’ve got an automatic reason to head outside. But instead of a trip to the dog park (where you’re likely to end up sitting on a bench) find a trail, paved walking path, or quiet neighborhood where you can get a real walk in. Your dog will thank you, and your muscles will too.

Jump-Start Your Social Life

If you often meet friends for a drink or dinner after work, why not make it a walk-and-talk instead? Or some friends make it a routine to take a pre-dinner stroll before sitting down to eat? Think of it this way: By burning some calories beforehand, you’ll make it easier to enjoy your meal guilt-free.

Melanie Haiken writes about health, wellness and fitness for national magazines and websites. She specializes in discovering and reporting the latest research on diet, nutrition, fitness, weight loss and other health-related topics. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Fitness, Shape, Health, Forbes, and other respected magazines. She also contributes health stories to numerous Kaiser Permanente newsletters and other publications.