Summer Skin Care Tips
Understanding the Dangers of Overexposure
Sun exposure isn’t necessarily bad – it is a key source of Vitamin D. As with all good things, however, keep exposure in moderation. The ideal maximum is 15 minutes before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m. Anything over is considered overexposure, and any exposure during midday – when the sun is at its harshest – should be limited (if not altogether avoided). Sun rays at this time of day are 10% UVB and 90% UVA: a combination that can cause melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
UVA vs. UVB Rays: What’s the difference?
Dangers of Physical Inactivity
However, there are also health risks associated with not being physically active. Inactive people (those who don't meet the recommended levels of physical activity) face serious health risks.
This is another reason why it’s so important to adopt healthy living practices.
Research shows that inactive people have:
- A greater risk of heart attacks and strokes than active people
- Higher blood pressure (itself a major risk factor for heart disease)
- A higher risk of developing some cancers
- More chance of developing diabetes
- A higher risk of osteoporosis, leading to fractures. Up to half of hip fractures could be avoided with regular physical activity
- More risk of being overweight or obese: this also increases the risk of other medical conditions
- More injuries and accidents than physically active people
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