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Focused on Health - May 2011

Warmer weather calls. Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice spring fun to get tips and tools to make your skin glow and your workout sizzle. Below, we highlight our favorite quick tips from this month’s issue.

Walking: Boost Your Summer Stride

  • Want walking to count as exercise? Speed up so your heart beats a little faster. You should be able to talk in short sentences but not sing.
  • Power your walk by bending your elbows and pushing off your toes as you take each step.
  • Burn more calories and boost your heart rate with interval training. Walk at your standard brisk pace for five minutes, speed up for two minutes, slow down, then speed up again and repeat.
  • Don’t have 30 minutes to spare? Break your walking workout into three 10-minute chunks or two 15-minute chunks.

Get more tips to step up your walking routine.

Sunscreen: Tips to Wear It Well

  • Your skin can take up to a half-hour to absorb sunscreen. So, plan ahead and apply sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outside. 
  • Using a spray sunscreen? These wash off more easily than lotions, so make sure you re-spray every 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Beware: SPF 45 and 50 don’t actually provide much more protection than SPF 30. Neither does SPF 80 or 100. So, if you choose an SPF higher than 30, don’t stay in the sun longer or reapply less often.

Boost your SPF IQ.

The SKINny on Vitamin D

  • Don’t rush outside unprotected and try to soak up more vitamin D. There’s no safe amount of time you can stay in the sun without increasing your cancer risk.
  • Not getting enough vitamin D? Get your daily fill by drinking a cup of milk and eating a three-ounce serving of salmon or tuna.
  • Lactose intolerant or vegetarian? You may need a daily vitamin D supplement. But talk to your doctor first.

Fill up on more vitamin D tips.

Mole Map: Connect the Spots

  • Want to prevent or beat skin cancer? Start by keeping track of the spots on your skin. Use this body mole map.
  • Ladies, pay special attention to your legs. This is one of the most common locations for melanoma. (Don’t forget to check other areas of your body, though!)
  • Have a sore that hasn’t gone away after a couple of months? See your dermatologist. 

Start connecting your spots.

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