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Running Outside: Tips and Tricks

This time of year, everyone loves being outside taking advantage of the weather. If you, too, wish to exercise outdoors, it’s a great feeling! But make sure you are making the transition from indoor running to outdoor running in a positive, fun, and safe way. SolRx Sport Sunscreen for Running Outside

1. Set Your Own Pace

If you run on a treadmill, your machine sets your pace for you. If you run on an indoor track, you have certain points of reference for knowing how fast and how far you’re going. Outside, you’ll have to find out for yourself what pace is best, and you’ll have to map out your own route to determine your distance. Start slow, and realize that running on sidewalk and roads is very different from running on indoor surfaces. This has impacts on your gait and your muscles. Running outside can be harder, but it may also be also easier to find your flow.

2. Be Cautious

Outside, you’ll have distractions and obstacles you didn’t face when you were running indoors. Streetlights will make you stop for oncoming traffic. Crossing railroad tracks will make you change your speed. There will be hills you didn’t expect, because you don’t even notice them when you drive that route. Bikers will want to pass you. Stay alert, obey traffic signals, and if you’re listening to music, don’t make it so loud you can’t hear what’s happening around you.

3. Dress for the Weather

Despite the season, you’ll experience changes in the weather that will affect your run, whether this means humidity, heat, rain, wind, or cold. Take note of what is going on outside! If it’s sunny out, use sunblock. If it’s hot, wear wicking clothing that will get the sweat away from you. If it’s raining, you may wish to wear something waterproof – but note that waterproof gear is often not breathable. If it’s cold, put on running tights. If it’s allergy season, run in the mornings when there’s less pollen. And make sure you have great shoes.

4. Find A Friend

Running with someone makes the time go much faster. Also, if you still have enough breath to talk as you’re running, you’ll know that you’re not overdoing it. Running the course with someone else also challenges the both of you to be better, and will encourage both of you to keep good practices in mind, such as stretching before and after. You could also join a running club, which usually includes runners at all levels, to get to know others who may have similar experiences and goals to yours.

5. Make Goals and Chart Your Progress

No matter what your goals are – losing weight, feeling stronger, getting ready for a race – you should keep track of how you’re doing. It’ll motivate you, and if you’re having trouble, it’ll help you figure out what’s holding you up. You can also use apps, journals and other tools to map your route, monitor heart rate, and chart your progress.

Running outside can be a pleasant way to get your daily exercise, but there is a bit of a learning curve. Make sure you’re eating right and toning the top part of your body as well as the bottom. Keep hydrated and use a good sunscreen such as SolRx with WATERBLOCK technology. Remember to reward yourself for your successes. But it’s a lot of fun, so go to it!

Hiking Season – When to Apply Sunscreen

The hiking season is fast approaching! This means it’s almost time to spend your days outdoors, exploring trails in the bright sunshine. You already know you’ll need a good broad-spectrum sunscreen for these adventures, but you’re also going to need other products to protect your face. These may include moisturizer, to keep your face from getting dry, and bug spray, to keep the mosquitoes from eating you alive.sport sunscreen solrx hiking

Moisturizer First

Moisturizing is important when you’re going outside, especially in higher altitudes where there’s a lot of dry air. Many dermatologists recommend using it first, then putting sunscreen on top of that. That’s because you don’t want the water in your moisturizer to dilute the effectiveness of the sunscreen. You can even mix moisturizer and sunscreen together, as long as they each contain a safe level of SPF protection (25+) so that you’re not diluting the formula.

Sunscreen Next

Choose a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen for maximum protection. Make sure to apply a uniform layer, and apply sunscreen liberally. Most sunscreens are designed to get absorbed into your skin, while bug spray should stay on top of your skin, which is why you need to apply sunscreen first.

SolRx’s WATERBLOCK sunscreen is not only resistant to water but also to sweat, making it a great choice for summertime hikers.

Then, Insect Repellent

You need to wait for at least 5-10 minutes to allow sunscreen to dry. If at all possible, wait a half hour. This will allow plenty of time for the sunscreen to bind to your skin before you add insect repellent. Make sure to cover all exposed areas of skin, but use the minimum amount needed. Apply a light layer, then add to it as needed.

Adding Makeup

If you’re going to wear makeup, do it between your sunscreen and insect repellent. Wait at least 3-5 minutes before adding makeup, such as foundation, to make sure that the sunscreen is not diluted further. Don’t use excess pressure, and don’t rub. Do not use makeup with SPF as your sole form of protection from UV rays, because most people do not use enough makeup to provide the level of protection listed on the container.

Reapplication

If you’re staying out in the sun for long periods of time, you will need to reapply. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied more than insect repellent in general, but if you are using both you’ll have to reapply both products, keeping in mind the above instructions.

If you’re using a formula with the 8 hour WATERBLOCK technology from SolRx, frequent reapplication isn’t necessary.

Please note that if you are using medication that must be applied to your face, that goes first. Moisturizer comes next, and may actually help absorption of any medication. Makeup follows, then insect repellent. The general rule of thumb is that products designed for absorption into your skin should go first, followed by products designed to stay on top of skin. Just make sure you are adding enough, and reapply when necessary!