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Summer means sun, shorts, sandals, bathing suits, and bronzed skin. But with beach hair and shorter hemlines comes the dangers that not only instigate the probability of skin cancer, but the aging process as well. Sun exposure is, essentially, subjecting yourself to sun damage – but in the same note, avoiding the outdoors altogether is both impractical and nearly impossible. Thus, taking preventative measures in preparing and caring for it are crucial in keeping your skin in tip-top condition for the ultimate skin-baring season.

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?

As you have read in the benefits of physical activity information section, there’s a lot to be gained from becoming physically active and starting a healthier lifestyle. There are many benefits associated with healthy living and an all-round healthier lifestyle.

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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