Lather up…the right way

We all know that using sunscreen is important with skin cancer being the most common form of cancer today. However, do we know the right way to protect ourselves from the sun? The FDA has recently come out with some new tips on how to protect your skin from that strong summer sun. The FDA is now suggesting that we use twice the amount of sunscreen than we would previously slather on to ensure that we cover our entire body and do not miss any spots. If you go in the water you should air dry not towel dry to make sure that you are not wiping off the sunscreen you just applied. The FDA is also suggesting that we use an antioxidant serum before applying sunscreen to fight against other skin damaging molecules. Eating antioxidants, such as blueberries and raspberries, can also strengthen your fight against the sun. New studies also show that sunscreen spray is less effective than regular sunscreen lotion and you should always use an SPF above 15. 

It is important to protect yourself from the damages of the sun everyday but it is especially important when you are spending an extended period of time outside, such as during exercise. You should invest in a sport sunscreen that stays on even when you are sweating and make sure to lather up the right way!

Too hot to handle

With summer upon us, exercising outside can become difficult. High temperatures can lead to some serious health conditions such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. There are precautions you can take, however, to have a safer, more effective workout outside.

  1. Hydrate! Make sure that you drink a good amount of water PRIOR to exercising- not only when you are working out. Hydrate after working out as well.
  2. Wear light, loose clothing! Dark colored clothes absorb more heat and can make you feel hotter.
  3. Choose the right time! Don’t work out in the heat of the day (12 pm- 4pm)- instead try to plan your workouts for the morning or for after the sun sets to avoid the highest temperature

If you start to feel faint or nauseous, stop your workout! Skipping a day of running outside is better than suffering from serious heat induced health risks. 

Run like a dirty girl

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The thought of participating in obstacle ridden 5k races such as Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash can be intimidating to many women. But do not fear! There is a race just for us! Dirty Girl Runis a muddy obstacle course 5k designed specifically for women to run alongside other women. The race has similar obstacles to the co-ed 5k mud runs but gives them fun, girly names such as “PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff)” and “Runaway Bride”. There are also detours so that if you do not feel comfortable doing a particular obstacle you can simply move on to the next one.

I believe this is a great opportunity for women to show that running like a girl is not a bad thing. There is something both comforting and empowering about participating in a tough challenge alongside other women who are rooting you on all the way to the finish line. And if that’s not enough to keep you going- there’s a free drink waiting at the end.

The Dirty Girl Run has races all over the country and is open to women ages 14 and up. Are you ready to run like a dirty girl?

Venti coffee, please!

As a self-proclaimed coffee addict I was more than happy to see the NY Times article on the immense benefits of caffeine. Many recent studies have shown that coffee strengthens our health. For example, one study found that drinking the equivalence of a Venti Starbucks coffee each day helped prevent diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, and skin cancer. Caffeine intake has also been linked with fighting off dementia. Drinking a couple regular sized coffees per day does not only keep you awake but can help ward off potential diseases.