The summer season is almost here – which means spending plenty of time outdoors, right? Even though you may want to jump outside and start walking with your Digiwalker pedometer, it’s important to remember that protecting yourself from the sun is extremely important. We have a checklist of things you need to remember and how you should protect yourself before going out for a run or walk in the summer sunshine.

Sunglasses– Protecting your eyes before hitting the road for a run is not only important to navigating your way through the trail or road, but also to your eyes’ health too! Not wearing sunglasses can cause sunburn around the skin of your eyes, as speeding up ocular problems such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and more.

Hat– Wearing a hat – whether you think it looks good on you or not – is important to staying safe in the sun. Especially when you’re out running or walking with a Digiwalker pedometer, you’re not really paying attention to shielding yourself from the sun’s harmful rays as much as you are the steps you’re taking. Making sure you wear a hat before your next long walk or run is important to shielding your face, scalp, and ears from getting burned.

Sunscreen– While this may seem like a no-brainer to some people, applying a broad spectrum sunscreen (meaning it protects you from both UVA & UVB rays) is important before going for a run. So about 20-30 minutes before you decide to put on your Digiwalker pedometer before a walk, make sure you’re applying sunscreen all over. It’s also very important that your skin be cool and dry before you apply it.

Lip balm– If you’re a guy, maybe lip balm isn’t something that you have a lot of, but it’s very important in keeping your lips safe from the sun’s harmful rays. Many different lip balm companies already have some form of SPF protection already built into their formula, however it’s important to pick a lip balm with an SPF 15 or higher. The skin on your lips is already a very sensitive area to being sunburned, so making sure that formula gets on your lips before you head out on a walk is important to keeping them skin cancer free.

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