Sunlight Beneficial for Health

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For many Americans, the end of Daylight Saving Time is as much of a fall tradition as pumpkin carving and football games. However, the result of sunset coming one hour earlier is a difficult transition for some.

Clinical research has shown that the right amount of daily light exposure can help ease winter blues and boost energy and mood. For this reason, Philips has teamed up with celebrity fitness guru, and the creator of the highly acclaimed Best Life Diet brand, Bob Greene, to share tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle – especially during the upcoming winter months.

"Most Americans understand the importance of diet, sleep, and exercise as part of a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle," says Bob Greene. "I'm working with Philips to remind people about the importance of incorporating light into their daily routines as well."

Greene's Best Life approach involves making small, yet powerful lifestyle changes. Below are tips from Bob Greene to help prepare for the clock change this weekend:

>>EXERCISE: Focus on incline – not speed. Want a more challenging treadmill work out? Don't focus on picking up the pace. In fact, you don't have to run at all.  Instead, simply increase the incline. Walking on an incline is a terrific workout that is a lot easier on your joints. And continue to intensify – once you get used to an incline of "3," for instance, move it up to "4," and so on.

>>DIET: Don't give up fat. A diet that's moderate in fat can help you lose weight and keep it off because it's more satisfying than a low-fat diet. Opt for mainly healthy fats, found in foods like olive oil, avocados and nuts and cut back on red meat, cream, whole and two percent milk. These foods are all sources of saturated fat, which is unhealthy when consumed in excess. I'd also suggest removing the skin from all poultry, another source of saturated fat.

>>SLEEP: Choose a better way to wake up. It's not just a good night's sleep that will affect how you feel. The way you wake up can have a positive impact on your day. Instead of a jarring alarm, try the Philips Wake-up Light, an alarm clock that simulates a natural sunrise and gradually gets brighter 30 minutes before your desired wake-up time. The Wake-up Light provides an easy wake-up experience, helping to reduce the time you need to get out of bed and wake up feeling well-rested. In fact, 88 percent of users say it's a better way of waking up than their old wake-up method.

>>LIGHT: Light up your life. If your schedule doesn't allow you to get outside during the day, you might want to try an energy light panel like the Philips goLITE BLU at home or in the office. It produces blue light to mirror a clear sunny sky. Turn it on for just 15 minutes for a temporary energy boost.  

Please visit www.lighttherapy.com for a personalized assessment or www.thebestlife.com for additional advice from Bob Greene.