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Exercising Outside? Don't Forget the Sunscreen

Exercising Outside? Don't Forget the Sunscreen

While the weather might not seem balmy, the warmer temps of Spring do allow most of us to work out in the great outdoors. Damaging sun rays accompany the warming sunshine, so I am here to remind you to not skip the sunscreen. Even when it is cloudy (in SF we can just say foggy), damaging rays make it to the earth's surface and your skin. When preparing to exercise outside, you should put a teaspoon of sunscreen on your face and an ounce (or handful) on your body. Apply your sun protection a half hour before heading out to bike, run, play tennis or soccer, stroll, or roller blade.

Marthoner Kara Goucher spends a lot of time in the sun logging miles, and she trains at altitude as well. Since runners seem prone to skin cancer — marathoner Deena Kastor has had many malignant spots removed — I asked Kara about her choice of sunscreen. It turns out that she and her running husband, Adam, are Coppertone people. They apply the spray before training in the mountains. Kara says that it is easy to apply, has an "I'm going outside today scent," and it doesn't get her eyes unless she is super sweaty. Do you have sporty sunscreen to recommend? Tell me in the comments section below.

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bdonahue bdonahue 8 years
So helpful. Thanks!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
bdonahue- Titanium or Zinc based sunscreens are UVA/UVB physical block sunscreens, meaning you can put it on and immediately walk outside, no need to wait 15-30 minutes for it to sink in. Avobenzone and Oxybenzone are two common chemical sunscreens that absorb UVA/UVB; these need 15-30 minutes to absorb into the skin. They are similar to PABA, but less irritating. HTH
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Bullfrog marathon spray -- so easy to apply, water/ sweat proof
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
I usually forget my earlobes!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I forgot mine the other day and got a really attractive racerback sunburn.
sham28 sham28 8 years
Don't forget your neck/ chest!!!!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I love the Coppertone spray. We're on our boat every weekend during the summer months and that stuff is a lifesaver. It's easy to apply and you can get it in higher SPFs.
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