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You Can Enjoy the Sun and Still Protect Yourself

By Tom Herrin

Those of us in the lands of lotsa sun usually love it.  People can spend most of their waking hours out in it soaking it up.  It is great until a problem arises. People can get too much of a good thing and the sun is no different.  Spending too much time out in it can have disastrous results. With so many ways to have some kind of protection from the sun, there is really no excuse for neglecting to take precautions.  Some of the things may have a small cost while others may be entirely free. Those who are wise and prudent with their health can find what they need.

Shade Is Usually Cheap or Free

For sure, some water parks charge a fee for use of a shade, but it is more often free.  Finding and using shade may save a lot of damage to the skin besides getting out of the heat.  Except at high noon, when shade is really small, shade is usually available. It is wise to find it and stay in it as much as possible.  For those with children, using it can be critical.

Wear Sunscreen

With all of the advances in the world, sunscreen is one of the really good ones.  Using it, especially during the middle of the day, may protect the skin from those UV rays that are potentially damaging.  Since there are all kinds, anyone should be be able to find one that works for them and provides the right kind of protection.  It should be applied and reapplied at regular intervals. Packing some at all times is a great practice and good to teach children.

Become A Hat Person

Hats can provide shade from the sun and filter UV rays as well.  Caps fail to protect the neck. Large brims obviously provide the most protection.  I prefer a Panama, maybe because it reminds me of the beach. I also try to have an extra in case I lose or tear one up.  I have done that quite a lot. Find the one that is right for you and wear it often. Let your kids pick out one for them, and they usually will.  It may be a lifesaving habit to teach them and a good family tradition to start.

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


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