Hi all! Before I get to this post, I need to share a few other things!
1. You guys cracked me up yesterday talking about boyfriends/fiancés/ husbands working out! Aaron even read my post and told me it made him laugh. I wish all of our guys could start enjoying it like we do!! I do have to mention, though, that Aaron does have to hold back on his activity a little bit (not to the point of being inactive, though!). I’m not sure if you heard about the runner that died while running the Pittsburgh half marathon on Sunday. He was only 23, and died instantly. So much so, that the paramedics were directly in front of him, and the hospital was right behind them, and he couldn’t be saved. Unfortunately, he died from a heart problem (I believe) that you wouldn’t know about. Aaron actually does have a heart problem (his is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy if any of you are science buffs and know what this even means!), in which this could have been him. I thank God every day that his work make him get a thorough physical before starting. They found the problem, and he is on medicine to control it, but he still needs to watch his heart rate. I actually have a friend whose boyfriend died freshman year of college because of this heart problem. These are scary things, and even more scary when you don’t know about them. Remember to thank God for everyone in your life, and make sure you are staying healthy and not overdoing it on your heart. I wouldn’t want to lose any of you to something like this <3
2. My ProCompression winner never came forward! So, I guess I will pick a new one! My new winner is
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Saturday was the first day of our boating season. We docked the boat, and continued to lay on it and hang out in the hot sun. We typically go out every weekend on the boat during the summer; most times we go out both days. It is so much fun for us to get behind it and do water sports, but it is also a great time to relax and just kind of take a break. We all need breaks during our hectic lives, and this gives us time to do so. Whoever comes out with us carries on conversations, and is usually a technology free time, which makes it even better!
Uhm, boats are huge. Ours is not anything like those, but we actually went through the one on the left and it was amazing. A full tub and 2 bathrooms were in there!
With the sun getting stronger, and the temperatures rising, our chances of getting sunburned go up. It is entirely possible to get sunburn during the winter, but the risks go up significantly during the summer, when we have on less clothes. I mentioned a few months ago that I had to have moles removed. It wasn’t due to my dislike of how they looked, which the nurse thought and continued to tell me they are fine. thanks lady, but because my uncle died from melanoma. Melanoma is a serious cancer, and can arise from the sun affecting our moles. Now, it doesn’t always come from moles, but melanoma will kill, especially from being in the sun and using tanning beds. I won’t lie; I did use tanning beds my freshman or sophomore year of high school, and after getting burnt, I stopped. I would never be ok with myself if I didn’t warn you all of the risks from sunburn, and tips for using sunscreen and staying safe!
Risks of being in the sun and using tanning beds:
- Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, afflicting more than two million Americans each year, a number that is rising rapidly. It is also the easiest to cure, if diagnosed and treated early. When allowed to progress, however, skin cancer can result in disfigurement and even death.
- A tan, whether you get it on the beach, in a bed, or through incidental exposure, is bad news, any way you acquire it. Tans are caused by harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning lamps, and if you have one, you’ve sustained skin cell damage.
- No matter what you may hear at tanning salons, the cumulative damage caused by UV radiation can lead to premature skin aging (wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots, and more), as well as skin cancer. In fact, indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.
Tips for Staying Safe:
Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
Do not burn.
Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Most moisturizers ever contain sunscreen in them!
Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.
Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
See your physician every year for a professional skin exam, or semi-annually if you are more prone to freckles and moles!
Please don’t be someone who risks their life just to be tan. Spray tans have come so far and do work. I definitely understand how we all think we look better tan, but I really don’t believe that outweighs everything that can happen from the sun.
I won’t warn you about this ever again, but I had to inform everyone about it!
Do you use sunscreen? Do you prefer the lotion or spray?
Have you ever used a tanning bed? Do you still use them?
What are your thoughts on being in the sun! I’d love to hear them!