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Never Take the Sun for Granted

By Tom Herrin

It is pretty easy to get the urge to run out and spend as much time in the sun as possible.  When the days begin to be a little longer, most people seem to find ways to use that additional light.  It is unfortunate that so many get out there unprotected, and it can be quite a problem. Many fail to recognize the risks with excessive sun exposure.  Skin cancers, premature aging, and cataracts are just a few of the things that can interrupt enjoyment of life for so many. Planning ahead can make quite a difference in promoting better health.

Sunscreen Can Be a Modern Lifesaver

Not that many years ago, people generally dealt with the sun as best they could.  That usually meant a certain amount of sunburn. If they were lucky, they could temper their exposure a little at a time until they developed a little better resistance to burning badly.  Sunscreen comes in all varieties and strengths. Some are relatively waterproof while others are not so much. Keeping it close by and using it often can quite effective.

Make Good Use of Shade

People who tend to find shade and stay in it for long periods are able to avoid some pretty serious consequences.  Those who work outdoors often usually know how to move with the sun. When they can move with it, they may be able to reap the total benefits.  For years, people were wise enough to make the most of whatever shade they could find. It doesn’t take a high degree of knowledge to figure it out, just a little common sense: work where the shade is.

Sunglasses May Preserve Your Vision

At one time, sunglasses were simply dark glasses.  They may have been in style but not always all that effective against UV rays.  Today’s sunglasses are much different. Many of them can serve as safety glasses as well.  Most provide a pretty good level of UV protection. The fact that they can be purchased for around $10 or less for a simple pair should be plenty of incentive to buy a pair or two and keep them on hand.  Forming a habit of always wearing sunglasses when you are outside should be just as important as buckling up when you get into a car. Protect your health and your vision by wearing them as often as possible.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.


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