Truth be told, until now I’ve had a hard time living up to my goal of being more active in 2019. I’ve been busy, but busy isn’t active. I honestly found it very hard to add more healthy activity to my routine when it was dark and cold outside. But now it’s April, the sun is shining and it’s time to get moving!
Every bit of activity or exercise we add to our routine is a good thing. And I mean every little bit.
- A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine says that as little as ten minutes of ‘leisurely activity’ a week lowers your risk of cardiovascular or cancer related illness or death.
We’re talking about TEN minutes of gardening, dancing or walking. IN A WEEK! That is more than doable. And if we can do it in the sunshine, all the better.
Yes, activity in the sunshine. It feels good and it guarantees your daily requirements of vitamin D. That said, you’ve got to be smart about your exposure. I’ve survived cancer once. This summer will mark sixteen years since I beat breast cancer. I don’t want to have to fight skin cancer or any other form of it, ever again. And so, when it comes to sun exposure, I take all the necessary precautions. Here’s my go to list:
- Avoid the sun during peak hours. Generally, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — regardless of season. These are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, even on overcast days.
- Wear protective clothing. Pants, long sleeves, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Use sunscreen. Apply it generously and reapply regularly. Be sure your sunscreen is a broad-spectrum product that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. *Here’s a tip, check the expiry date on your sunscreen. While it doesn’t necessarily go bad, products do become less effective over time.
- Don’t forget to protect your lips! Many lip balms and even lipsticks, now come complete with sunscreen.
I love the sun. I always will. I also respect its power. Here’s to a spring and summer filled with healthy sunshine, happy activity and every good thing that makes you glad to be alive.
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