Sun Smarts

June 17, 2014

It’s that time of year again. As summer layoffs start and temperatures rise, take advantage of a yoga class in the park or catch an outdoor dance concert. It’s a great chance to get some of the vitamin D you may have missed out on during colder weather. In fact, a recent study showed that ballet dancers were at risk for vitamin D deficiencies during the winter due to all the time spent inside. But in the summer, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting the D you need. Just 5 to 30 minutes of midday sun exposure twice weekly will do the trick.


But what should you keep in mind about sun protection before you step outside?


Lather up:
Apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outdoors.


Cover up:
Pack a sun hat in your bag and opt for lightweight, loose-fitting clothes.


Seek shade:
If you’re outside when the sun is at its strongest and highest overhead—usually from 10am to 4pm—take breaks in the shade.


If you’re exercising outside for long periods, slather on some more sunscreen after an hour.