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Your Skin Protects You ... Why Not Return the Favor?

By Donna Stark

I remember back when I was in junior high and high school, we were given brown, construction paper-type book covers to cover our textbooks. It’s what we did on the first day of every year. The purpose of doing so was to protect the book … to keep the real cover from being destroyed. Well, did you know that your body has similar qualities to those textbooks? Your body is filled with information and probably has many stories to tell. And its cover? Well, that needs to be protected too.

Skin … the Body’s Cover

Your skin is the body’s largest and fastest growing organ. You need to protect it. You need to keep it safe. Yet so many people don’t put it on their priority list. If you are going to start heading outdoors to enjoy the spring and summer weather for your daily workouts, then take a look at the following suggestions.

  • Cover up - Sunscreen can come off with sweat, so covering up to protect yourself from UV light is a better solution. If weather permits, choose to cover your skin with running pants, long sleeves, and hats.
  • Light colors - If the temps skyrocket and covering up is just too unbearable, then yes, you can wear shorts and short sleeves, but just be sure to apply and reapply your sunscreen. Also, it is recommended to wear lighter colors to help avoid any amount of overheating.
  • Early morning/late evening sessions - Try to run or exercise outside early in the morning or late in the day when it is cooler and the sun is not out or as strong. If that time of the day doesn’t work for you, then at the very least, look for some shade.
  • Hidden spots - Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to all of those hidden spots on your body. It is easy to remember the face, arms, and legs, but don’t forget the tops of your feet if they are exposed, your ears, and the back of your neck
  • High SPF - Look for products with a high SPF for more protection, especially if you are outdoors for an extended amount of time. It is also recommended that you find a product that includes zinc oxide in the ingredients list because it helps protect you from the entire UV spectrum.

You definitely will want to protect your skin because your skin is what protects you! Using any of the above strategies will help you prevent sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles, and age spots, but using a combination of them will offer you the most protection available.

Stay fit, stay healthy, and stay in the shade as much as possible. And when you crave a little bit of sunshine, go ahead. Just keep your “cover” protected.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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