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9 Lake Sports to Spice-Up the Warm Season

You may not have an ocean close to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy recreational water activities! Lake living can be just as fun, with fewer unpredictable waves, less salt water, and warmer temperatures. Activities can be safer, as well, with fewer variables and calmer winds. If you’re lucky enough to have access to a lake, here are some fun lake sports (other than swimming!) that you can enjoy with just a little bit of extra equipment.

lake sports sunscreenKayaking – These small and inexpensive canoes have light frames and an opening that allows you to sit on the bottom of the boat; you can even buy inflatable ones. Simply push them into the water, grab a paddle, and go as fast or slow as you want.

Canoeing – Lightweight, narrow, and open boats can often hold more than one person, as well as supplies. These stable and roomy boats are paddle-operated, so you’ll be rowing. Canoes are great for family leisure time and exploration.

Paddle boating – Paddle boats and pedal boats are very popular on closed systems like lakes. They have no motors, and usually require two people to power the boat by pedaling with their feet. Paddle boats are a relaxing, family-friendly option for lake fun.

Tubing – Basically, when tubing you’re riding on an inner tube in the water. They can be towed by boats for a faster, more thrilling ride, or you can use them for free-floating tubing, to let yourself go with the water’s flow. You use webbed gloves to steer.

Paddleboarding – You can lie down, settle on your knees, or stand on a paddleboard or surfboard. You’ll just use your arms to move, or, if you’re standing, a paddle. It’s a great full-body workout, offering unique views.

Water-skiing – This sport consists of people skimming the water on skis as they’re pulled by a boat. Because it requires a smooth stretch of water, it’s ideal for lakes. Good water-skiers can do tricks; balance and strength is required.

Wakeboarding – Ride a wakeboard over the surface of the water while being towed by a motorboat! This sport is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing, and isn’t hard to learn – although doing tricks might take a bit more time. windsurfing

Windsurfing – On a lake, this mixture of surfing and sailing can feel less daunting than in an ocean because the nearby land provides security. Waves and wind aren’t as unpredictable or wild, either. This is a dynamic sport that’s not hard to learn, and offers great exercise.

Fishing – Once you’re done exhausting yourself, you can enjoy a calmer activity. Fishing in a lake requires nothing but a fishing rod and the right bait. Remember, in lakes fish tend to hang out in cooler water, near sunken structures – and once you find your sweet spot, there’s no going back!

Many lakes will offer rental equipment, so you can try out one or more of these exciting activities with little or no commitment. You’ll be able to find one that suits your ability and interests, no matter what they are. Just remember, the sun can also be strong on lake waters, so protect yourself with sunglasses, hats, cover ups, and a good sport sunscreen, like the highly-rated SolRx SPF 50 with WATERBLOCK technology.

 

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Some Mistakes People Always Make When Applying Sunscreen

Think you’re well protected from the sun this summer? You might be making one of the following mistakes when applying sunscreen, which could harm your skin and your health down the line.

1. You Wait Too Long to Apply It

Mistakes People Always Make When Applying SunscreenIf you want till you get outside to apply sunscreen, you’re too late. You should apply at least 20 minutes before you actually go into the sun, in order to make sure your sunblock has time to get absorbed into your skin and start working. Your skin is vulnerable when you first go into the sun, so this is important. Although the FDA warns that you need to reapply every 80 minutes (and you do with other sunscreens), SolRx is has been tested and proven to offer coverage for 8 hours in and out of water.

2. You Miss A Spot

If you try to apply sunscreen while your clothes are on, you’re likely to miss spots because you don’t want to get your clothes messy, so you should actually make sure you use a liberal amount before you leave the house. Don’t forget your lips, your underarms, your feet, behind your ears, and the back of your neck. Also, protect your eyes with sunglasses.

3. You Don’t Use the Right Kind

You need a high-SPF (15+), broad-spectrum sunblock, which protects from both UVA and UVB rays, and if you’re going to sweat or go into the water, you need to use a water-resistant formula so your sunblock will not slide off and become ineffective. Don’t use body-only formulations on your face, because formulas designed for your face are more gently manufactured without alcohol.

4. You Don’t Use It When You Should

It doesn’t have to be glaringly sunny outside for you to put sunblock on. During certain times of day, the sun can be quite strong even through clouds. Windows of houses and cars block UVB rays but not UVA – and you won’t be able to tell that you’re getting them, because only UVB rays lead to darkened skin. You can also still get sun when you’re in the shade, under an umbrella, because sun rays reflect off sand, water, and snow.

5. You Don’t Use Enough

Most people only apply about 25-50 percent of the amount of sunscreen they really need. You should be using about one shot glass’ worth of sunblock (two tablespoons) to exposed areas, with a nickel-sized dollop for the face alone. With a spray, apply until there’s an even sheen on the skin. Please note, it’s very unlikely that you will ever apply too much.

These are incredibly common mistakes that most people experience more than once when putting on sunblock, but easily fixed with a little time and extra care when you apply. Safeguard yourself and those you love by eliminating these mistakes, and you’ll be able to enjoy summer with no drawbacks!

How Not to Get Bored at the Beach

It’s just sun, sand and surf, right? Not very exciting sometimes, if you aren’t into swimming, or playing in the sand. But you don’t just have to lie there and wait for the sun to heat you up. You can do plenty of activities that suit your own interests, no matter what they are.

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1. Be Active

A beach is a great place to play, whether you’re a child or an adult. You can set up a volleyball net or break out a frisbee or a football. Use a hula hoop. The texture of the sand adds an interesting new element to any game! Or, rent a surfboard or a snorkel and mask, if you prefer to go into the water. Find a fishing rod and go fish. You may also find many opportunities for watersports nearby, from personal watercraft to parasailing.

2. Explore

Beaches are often lined with boardwalks where you can check out shops and see what’s for sale. If not, it’s still fun to walk up and down the beach and check out the surrounding area. Are there large vacation homes? Islands in the distance? Seals sunning themselves on the beach? Crabs scuttling down into moist sand? You may see dolphins or whales in the water, or find historic sites such as lighthouses, military bases, and monuments. You might discover some exciting cliffs or foliage or cool sea shells. How will you know if you don’t take a hike down the beach?

3. Eat and Drink

Food tastes better at the beach, as long as you avoid getting sand in it. Have yourself a picnic packed with items you made from home. Or, go locate the nearest shaved ice purveyor. Is there a grill around? A hot dog stand? See if you can find something interesting an unusual on the menu. Have a cocktail – an ice cold pina colada might hit the spot. Or, if it’s a cool evening, a bonfire with roasted marshmallows and s’mores might create the perfect atmosphere. Make it a party and invite everyone!

4. Get Inspired

Beaches are beautiful places, and more than one poet has been moved to write about them. Watch the sunset and reflect upon what you see. Build a sandcastle, and be creative about it. Draw in a notebook. Read a favorite novel. Write in your diary, or start a letter to a friend. Post pretty pictures on Instagram and use all the different filters. Write poetry in the sand.

5. Look Around You

See what other people are doing. It’s fun to people watch at the beach, and you might even meet some new friends. Take photographs of what you see. The light quality at the beach is different than what you’re used to, so really notice how the sky changes – how big it is, how many clouds there are, how the colors adjust during different times of day. Store up the memory of your view for later, when you’re stuck in an office and want to channel another place.

While you’re enjoying your time at the beach, make sure to stay protected from damaging sunburns. SolRx’s WATERBLOCK Technology offers 8 hours of coverage. The WATERBLOCK formula won’t sweat off or wash off for 8 full hours, so you can focus on having fun.

Applying Spray-On Sunscreen: SolRx Spray Sunscreens

Spray-on sunscreens can be just as effective as lotions and creams, as long as you put enough on. But how exactly should you use spray-on sunscreens to get the best effect?

As one of the leading developers of high-performance spray-on sunscreen, here at SolRx, we’ve created an advanced option that designed to offer prolonged water immersion, profuse sweating, and long hours in the sun. As such, below we discuss the important of proper application of spray-on sunscreens. 

Spray On Sunscreen

Spray sunscreens are ideal for athletes of all types, especially when sweating is inevitable.

Why Use A Spray-on Sunscreen?

SPF 50 Spray On Sunscreen

SolRx SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen with WaterBlock

Spray-on sunscreen has been the number one choice for many people because it dries quickly, it’s lightweight and it’s easy to put on. It’ll protect areas that are hard to cover otherwise, like your scalp, if you don’t want to wear a hat, or your back. In addition, people who are hairy may prefer spray-on’s because they don’t tend to cling to hairs the way lotions do.

The SolRx SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen Pump is an excellent choice for spray sunscreen. The formula is engineered with natural ingredients to keep your skin from drying out. The WATERBLOCK formula (which is 100% paraben-free, non-sticky) and has been proven to provide 480 minutes of protection in and out of the water!

Yes, you read that correctly. That’s a spray-on sunscreen that provides 8+ hours of protection!

Make Sure You’re Putting Enough On

A gentle spritz onto your skin isn’t enough. You need to apply enough to the skin to make it glisten. A good general rule is to aim your spray continuously for about six seconds per body part – which is longer than you might think. Don’t rush this process; it’ll still be quick, but you need to make sure you’re thorough.

Do I Really Have to Rub Spray Sunscreen In?

The short answer is yes. No matter whether the instructions call for it or not, you should rub your spray-on sunscreen in. This is because even fine sprays will coat your body unevenly, and rubbing it in ensures that you get more even coverage. Rubbing also helps your body absorb the sunscreen more easily. Make sure that you don’t rub too vigorously, because this may actually reduce the effectiveness of your sunscreen.

Ultimately, you should get the type of sunscreen that you’ll actually use. If you think you won’t use lotions because you (or your squirming child) aren’t patient enough to put it all over your body, then a spray-on might be the best option for you.

Cycling: Pro Tips & Tricks

If you want to make the grade when it comes to cycling like a pro, follow these tips from experts in the know:

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Train Properly, and Pace Yourself

When you’re riding a big event, you can get caught up in the excitement and start too fast. Be careful not to expend your energy at the beginning of the ride. And remember it’s not all physical – there’s mental training to do as well. Know that you’ll experience emotional highs and lows during your ride, and the expectation will help you get through them.

Prepare for the Weather

If it rains, you’ll need a waterproof jacket. Use overshoes and waterproof socks, and consider gloves to keep your hands warm. Waterproof bib tights can also help during rain and cold. If you are riding in wintry conditions, boots and overtrousers may help. A hat or cap under your helmet can keep rain out and warm your noggin. And don’t forget that heat and sun can also provide less-than-optimal conditions. Wear a broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen and sunglasses for glare, such as SolRx with WATERBLOCK Technology.

Keep Your Bike Maintained and Adjusted

Make sure your bike is in tip-top shape. Use mudguards and lights if you’re riding in wet or dark conditions. Adjust your saddle to make sure it’s at the right height – if it is, your heel should just graze the pedal at the bottom of the pedal stroke. Make sure your wheels spin straight and don’t rub the brakes; use lube (but not too much) on the chain. Know how to change a flat.

Eat Well, Drink Water

If you’re in a race, don’t eat anything unusual on the day before the race. You don’t want to experiment just before an important event. Do make sure you have enough of the right nutrients and proteins to give you healthy energy for the race. Also, stay hydrated. If you’re using a water bottle during an event, keep your eyes on the road, and don’t drink as you go through potentially tricky areas.

Develop Your Technique

The idea is to look and feel at one with your bike. It’s best to keep yourself in good physical condition, which helps your steadiness during climbs, and to be confident in your bike-handling, which is important during descents. Make sure you can use your gears efficiently, so as not to lose momentum and energy. Anticipate. Stay loose, since this can help you lower your center of gravity during descents, and can keep your muscles from seizing up. If you practice regularly, your muscle memory will help make the process easier.

And, most of all, enjoy the ride! Cycling is a healthy physical activity that’s great for your legs while staying easy on your joints and feet. It’s a good way of experiencing the outdoors and getting to know a place, and the sense of freedom you experience is like no other.

Best Sunscreen for Swimmers: SolRx WaterBlock Formula

In some ways, you could say SolRx is among the best sunscreen for swimmers. Beyond just swimming and water sports, other types of athletes benefit in myriad ways from the WATERBLOCK technology that makes SolRx sport sunscreens so effective.

In addition to being a broad-spectrum sport sunscreen for swimmers, SolRx products also offer a incredible level of water resistance for prolonged exposure. The SolRx WaterBlock has been rigorously tested and designed for water immersion, so it’s an ideal product for swimming and people who spend a lot of time in the water. And it’s not only safe and healthy for humans. SolRx sunscreen is formulated in a way that protects our environment as well.

Why SolRx Sunscreen for Swimmers?

Whether you’re competing in an Ironman triathlon or just spending a day at the pool, SolRx is versatile sunscreen for all walks of life. With a wide variety of options like spray sunscreen and high-SPF protection, SolRx sport sunscreen caters to both elite-level swimmers and just about anyone water bound. Below we discuss a few specific reasons why SolRx is one of the best sunscreens for swimmers.

SolRx Sunscreen for Swimmers

8-Hour Water Immersion Protection

SolRx sunscreen products don’t merely meet FDA standards for sun safety, they surpass them. In fact, the test we helped develop to assess our sunscreen’s performance, with AMA Labs in the 1990’s, eventually became the new industry standard.

As one of our flagship sunscreens for swimmers, SolRx’s SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen was rated at SPF 35.83 even after 8 hours in the water. This means that athletes can be confident that no matter how much time they spend in the water their skin will be protected.

A Convenient Spray Sunscreen for Swimmers

spray sunscreen for swimmersAs you may know through experience, sunscreen that doesn’t stay on properly can affect your performance. If you’re entering a high-stakes activity, you need the best. SolRx has developed spray sunscreen that stays on skin, even after prolonged immersion in the water. This provides a convenient and highly-effective sunscreen for swimmers and triathletes, especially for the transition area as athletes prepare to head out on the bike for several hours at a time.

Because SolRx products cling so well to your skin, they won’t sweat off into eyes or wash away in the water. That means they do not cause the kind of irritation that can make a race or other endeavor more difficult. As a result, the spray sunscreen that SolRx offers makes for a popular option among endurance athletes.

Broad Spectrum Protection

At SolRx, we are recognized as the best sports sunscreen that swimmers count on for maximum protection from UVA/UVB rays. Unlike some sunscreens that only protect against UVA rays, our WaterBlock formula is also designed to be broad spectrum, ensuring coverage from both types of UV rays.

We offer a full line of broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA/UVB defense, including our Spray Dry, Dry Zinc, and Original Waterblock Formula. So when you’re out at the lake, pool, or ocean, be sure to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays with the broad spectrum defense that comes from SolRx sunscreens.

Environmentally-friendly Sport Sunscreen

Chemicals in sunscreen can damage the health of oceans by leaching corals of their nutrients in a process called “bleaching.” These chemicals can also disrupt the development of fish and other wildlife, reducing their ability to deal with climate change.best sunscreen for swimming

Recent studies have shown that this problem in our oceans is getting worse. Because SolRx products stay on the skin and can only be removed by soap and water, it’s a safer choice for people who believe that conservation of our water-based habitats is crucial. SolRx doesn’t add to environmental pollution.

If you’re a swimmer, it’s important to have an effective broad-based sunscreen that is as water-resistant as possible. You spent a lot of time in the sun. And when you’re out there, you’re busy thinking about other things – times, transitions, gear. The last thing you need is worry about whether your skin is being protected. That’s where SolRx comes in. We’re the choice among sport sunscreens for swimmers and athletes because we make it effortless for you to stay protected.

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Prep Tips for Tough Mudders

If you’re getting ready for a Tough Mudder, you might have a reputation for recklessness. But that doesn’t mean you’re careless. You’ve trained for the 10-12 miles, and you’ve worked on both improving your upper body strength and increasing your overall fitness levels.

But what about the other stuff? Prepare to get down and dirty with these gear tips to help you endure long distances, impossible obstacles, and mental and physical challenges.

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1. Choose your shoes carefully. The best shoes for this type of race are minimalist running shoes. These provide good grip and less padding and won’t absorb as much water. If you can’t get minimalist shoes, wear an old pair of running kicks that can be tightly laced so they don’t get sucked off into the mud. It happens! Don’t be surprised to see people duct taping their shoes to their legs to prevent this.

2. Wear lightweight clothes of synthetic material – if you’re not wearing a costume, that is!
Be minimalist with your wardrobe, too. Your clothes are just going to slow you down. They’ll get wet and muddy and heavy, so choose items that dry quickly and are breathable. Avoid cotton. Sturdy compression running shorts, shirts, and socks are recommended to keep your body dry and cool, and they may help you recover. However, you may also wish to minimize tight clothing, because mud will get stuck…everywhere. Avoid open pockets. And have a change of clothes ready for you at the finish line.

3. Don’t forget the sunblock. Yes, even covered with water and mud you can get sunburned. Remember, you’ll be outside for three hours or more. You need a broad-spectrum option that can provide long-lasting protection from both types of damaging ultraviolet rays. You’ll want a tried and tested brand like SolRx, which offers water resistance to such a degree that your grip isn’t affected and your sunscreen won’t sweat or run off into your eyes and irritate them. That’s a huge advantage.

4. Consider a headband and gloves, and leave the jewelry at home. Even if you manage to keep your jewelry on, subjecting it to mud and cold and water isn’t going to make it look more attractive. Gloves can help you with grip, but can also get wet and muddy and heavy, so you’ll have to decide if you wish to use them. Headbands are important for keeping long hair out of your face.

5. Hydration and energy levels are key. This is more like a marathon, not a sprint, and you’re going to need energy. Make sure your snack choices are easy to carry and access, such as small packets of energy gels. Don’t get dehydrated; most veterans recommend bringing wearable hydration packs, even if they’re bulky, and not counting on course water stations. Carrying fuel belts or handheld bottles can be problematic as you work your way through obstacles.

Now you’re ready. And don’t forget – Tough Mudders aren’t just about winning or whining. They’re about helping others and fostering camaraderie. So don’t forget to help others along the way, and have fun!