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Stay Safe Outdoors: 4 Ways to Protect Yourself From the Sun

Winter outdoor workouts may require a lot of strategic layering, but Summer runs aren't all just fun in the sun either. Protect yourself from harmful rays by making sure you've layered up with this sun-protecting checklist for your next long outdoor workout.

  1. Sweat-wicking hat: For searing Summer days, you need a lightweight hat or visor that offers lots of shade without getting in your way. The Nike Featherlight tennis hat ($22) is adjustable and breathable so you won't overheat while you work out.
  2. Effective sunscreen: Whether you're out on a long run or bike ride, sunscreen that stays put while you sweat is important. If your outdoor workout is going to last longer than 30 minutes, make sure you apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before you make your way out the door. If your workout is going to be long, carry a sunscreen stick like the Environmental Working Group-approved TerraSport Face Stick SPF 28 ($10) and reapply every 1-2 hours. Learn more about how to pick a safe sunscreen here.
  3. Sport sunglasses: Your regular pair of sunglasses may block UV rays just as well, but if your workout is on the longer side you may want to invest in a pair of sport-specific sunglasses. These have details that you'll appreciate as you sweat through a hot-weather workout: nonslip nose pads, durable construction, and comfortable frames. Of course, look for lenses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays; these Oakley Twentysix.2 sunglasses ($130) offer everything you need in sport sunglasses and have a stylish side too.
  4. UPF clothing: If you're fair-skinned or spending lots of time in high elevation or on the water, opting for UPF-rated workout clothes is a good idea. These clothes are rated based on how well they protect you from UV radiation; while all clothes provide some UV protection, clothes with a rating of UPF 15 or higher are constructed specifically to ensure they block many of these rays. Learn more about choosing UPF clothing here.
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