Getting ‘good’ sun

Getting ‘good’ sun

Remember how you feel on those rare, warm and sunny days that come as a pleasant surprise in the middle of winter? Sitting with your back to the window as the afternoon sun pours in and it feels like your body is thawing out?

The sun makes us happy and encourages us to turn off the television or put down the tablet and get outside and get active. However, during the Australian summer the sun can become something altogether different. We’re all too aware of its damaging effects and as a nation we know the importance of sunscreen more than any other country in the world.

In a recent Roy Morgan study, it was shown that over a 12-month period, 2.3 million Australians buy sunscreen once a month!

But it’s not all bad – when the sun is on your back, it’s got your back too. Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” as it’s produced by your body when directly exposed to the sunlight. It helps regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and the function of your immune system. It also helps develop bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.

These days, everyone loves wearing active wear but we don’t always love getting active. Finding the motivation to exercise can be tough, particularly on cold and wintery days. However, when the sun shows its face, it all of a sudden becomes a little easier to hit the track, pool or gym.

Just remember that in the summer months it’s important to be smart about when you exercise. Generally, the hottest time of the day is between 3 to 4:30pm. To avoid the heat, it’s best to get your exercise out of the way in the morning.


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