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Excessive Sun Exposure Causes Health Issues

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You know how harmful the sun can be – at some point in your life, you’ve probably experienced a painful, stinging sunburn after skipping the sunscreen or spending too long outside without any shaded protection. When your skin endures a sunburn, the pain may fade after a week or even a few days, but the damage is lasting: you’ve harmed the cells and blood vessels within your skin. A sunburn is just one of the many different ways in which exposure to the sun’s rays can cause health issues. There are countless other harmful effects that can result from too much time in the sun.

Sure, the sun offers many benefits. It provides us with vitamin D, helping our bodies to feel healthier with every exposure to sunlight. And stepping outside to bask in the sun, or enjoy its warmth, makes people happy. Yet these benefits don’t exactly outweigh the negative effects of the sun and its UV-laden rays. Sunburns are the most common side effect of stepping out into the sunlight for too long, and repeated burns do great damage to your skin – they dry out your skin, causing it to appear discolored, wrinkled, and leathery if you’re an avid sun worshipper. Every sunburn does more damage to your skin cells, leaving your skin thinner and more prone to bruising as well.

More serious conditions can occur as well over years and years of unprotected time in the sun. Some of the many conditions that can result from too much sun exposure are:

  • Benign tumors
  • Pre-cancerous and cancerous skin leisons
  • Wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Yellow skin discoloration, also known as sallowness
  • Mottled pigmentation, or patches of discoloration on the skin
  • Telangiectasias, or dilated blood vessels
  • Elastosis, or the loss of elastic and collagen in the skin tissue

Although the sun and its light cause aging, the loss of skin’s elasticity and youthfulness, and painful, damaging burns, its most pressing problem is the development of cancer. Spend too much time unprotected under the sun’s rays, and you could develop a wide variety of skin cancers. Remember to slather on sunscreen every time you head outside – even if it’s just for a few minutes. You’ll not only prevent burns, but also ward off all of the other harmful effects of UV lighting, as long as you keep in mind that you need to reapply, too.

Best Workout Gear For Your Body Shape


Whether you are going for a hike, bike ride, or going for a workout, you can always look good. But you need to make sure you are wearing the right clothing for your body type. Sometimes that may mean that you don’t like the style quite as much as other styles, but wearing the right clothes will make you look amazing no matter your body shape. So let’s get straight into it, what should I wear for my body shape?

Rectangle Shape Bodies

For those with a rectangle shape body (hips similar size to the waist and upper body), avoid wearing clothing all the same color. This will further exacerbate the shape of your body. Try wearing a sports bra with a little padding to highlight the assets and wear pants or shorts with stripes along the side.

Pear Shaped Bodies

If you’re in the pear shaped category, it may be a good idea to wear bright colors up top and have darker or black pants while working out. What this does is draw attention away from your thighs and to more flattering parts of your body. And when buying workout pants, try and avoid pants with strips down the sides as they may make your thighs seem fuller then they actually are.

Apple Shaped Bodies

For those people with apple shaped bodies or a bit of a belly, try a top which is tight at the top and ties at the waist. This allows the middle section to be a little looser around the tummy. This will help conceal your tummy and define your waist making you look slimmer and look great.

Hourglass Shaped Bodies

You need to be a little careful if you have an hourglass body. If you wear lose clothing it will probably make you look larger than you actually are. So when working out, try wearing tight fitting clothes with a scoop neck or v neck collar, unless you have a very large bust, don’t go for anything too low cut as it may cause issues for your when working out. For pants/shorts, you can pretty much go for anything so wear something you like.

Tips For A Multiple Day Mountain Bike Trip

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You may be having mixed emotions going into your multi-day mountain bike adventure because it can be both exciting and scary at the same time. Exciting because this may be the first time that you are taking this route and experience the amazing view and a little unsettling because at one point you could be doubting yourself if you are fit enough to go through this multi-day adventure. This is where training and preparation would come in. Here’s what you can do.

  1. Learn to pace yourself during the training. This is the key to a successful multi-day trip. Use your heart rate to accurately pace yourself.
  2. During your training, perfect fueling and hydration. Do not let yourself go hungry or thirsty. Finish the ride not feeling ravenous, only slightly hungry and do not let yourself have a sugar crash.
  3. If you can, try to book a training camp away from all the distractions. This is ideal so you can practice your routine. However, do not overdo yourself when you sign up for a training camp. You may end up getting ill and miss the multi-day bike ride.
  4. Train Consistently. When you go mountain biking, it requires endurance, strength and skill and this is something that you need to prepare for. Set up a training schedule depending on your skill and fitness level and build up from there. Supplements can help here to help your muscles recover faster. Commit to the number of hours and days that you can train and be consistent about it. If you are not at the level that you need to be, try to build your riding distance until you reach your goal.
  5. Do some test events. Sign up for a challenging sportive before your multi-day ride. Use this as a dry run or a gauge whether your hydration, fueling and pacing strategies are effective.

After spending months of training, the last thing that you need to do is relax and enjoy the experience. You deserve it because you have been working hard for it.

Being Outside Too Much Has Its Drawbacks


Ok so you have spent years in the great outdoors enjoying the sun and beautiful nature, but you may have noticed some setbacks. Not many, but a couple of unpleasant ones. While our bodies need the sun for vitamin D and other great benefits, too much sun can cause damage to our skin and health. There are also some other dangers of the great outdoors as you will see below. BUT, none of these mean you shouldn’t go outside and play. Just be mindful and come prepared for your conditions so you can enjoy the outdoors without harming yourself. So what are some of the dangers?

Animal Encounter

While many of us love seeing wildlife on our hikes / bike rides, there are some animals that can be quite dangerous to us unless we are in a very large group. The obvious one is bears, especially grizzly bears as they are larger and more dangerous than black bears. But did you know that moose can also be very dangerous? Especially when their young are around, like bears, you want to keep a far distance from them. Basically as far as you can! Depending on who you ask, keep at least 1-2 football fields distance at all times. But I say why not be safe and keep a further distance then that. Also, other animals to keep an eye out for are cougars, snakes, and spiders. Some tips are, carry bear spray, an air horn (this can often scare animals away before they get too close), a first aid kit, and try to travel in larger groups (at least 4 people).

Skin Cancer

As far as I am aware, skin cancer is not caused by getting some sun. It is caused by getting sun burnt over and again. So be really mindful not to get burnt. Plan your activity and prepare your gear accordingly so you don’t get stuck out in the sun without anything to cover your skin or sunscreen. Better to carry too much and not need it then carry not enough and suffer for it, that’s what I always say.

Skin Damage

Let’s face it, when we are outside for long periods of time we get sun burnt. So many of us use sun screen. But there are many nasty chemicals in sunscreen and I know that I don’t like using it frequently. I would rather cover up then wear sunscreen. So what I do is alternate between covering up and exposing my skin to the sun for its vitamins. Do what’s best for you. But what if you have already suffered from skin damage and wrinkles? Well there are many different things that can be done to treat this such as surgery, microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, skin creams, and natural remedies. Check out some options that are best for you.

Want To Spend More Time In The Great Outdoors? Learn A New Sport

Rock Climbing

One of the best ways to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors is to learn a new sport. There are so many to choose from but we have narrowed down our top picks for sports that pretty much anyone would be able to do.

Rock Climbing

If you have never tried rock climbing, I suggest you at least try. I know what you may be thinking, and I thought the same thing – it’s far too dangerous. Well I still think that outdoor rock climbing is too dangerous (even though it is probably quite safe as long as you are prepared), but indoor rock climbing is easy and safe. There are a wide range or walls to suit all skill levels including first timers. You can even do this alone indoors as some indoor centres have automatic rope holders and others will require a partner.


Golf is a great sport to play on your own or a couple of friends. It can very much be played as a social game or professional. There is a catch though, golf can be a little tricky to learn. But the good news is that this is a well-known issue and therefore several products have been made as a training equipment for golf. These pieces of golf equipment can greatly help you improve your golf game much faster than you would have normally.


This is another great fun sport which can definitely satisfy your adrenaline if you so desire. It can also be a very relaxing paddle on a Saturday afternoon or a workout before work. Whatever you paddle for, it is great fun and rewarding. Once you build up our skills, you can start getting more adventurous with your paths. I would recommend going with someone else though, and make sure you find out about the area in which you will be kayaking. There could be some things that you need to know and you don’t want to get stranded somewhere because the tide was moving too fast.

Mountain Biking

This is my favorite sport on the list but be warned, it can be very dangerous but very fun at the same time. When you start this sport, make sure you start on very easy trails to get used to your bike before moving on to more difficult ones. Also, make sure you have the right gear. I would strongly recommend a solid helmet (which hasn’t been dropped before), knee pads, elbow pads, and a decent bike. You want at least front suspension but if you can afford a dual suspension bike that would be better. And I am not talking about the cheap K-Mart dual suspension bike which you can get for less the $200, those bikes will not last you long off road and can be very dangerous as a result. You would probably want to spend at least $800+ on a half decent mountain bike that shouldn’t break on you for a couple of years. Ask your local store for advice on a bike.

Looking Your Best When Enjoying The Great Outdoors

Looking your best at the beach

We all want to look our best wherever we go. But some places make it hard to look good and enjoy the outdoors. One example of this is going to the beach where makeup will soon smudge and hair will go everywhere. So what are some tips to help us look good while being outdoors?

Lose Weight

The first thing that always helps us look good no matter what we are doing is to lose weight. Losing weight and toning up helps a lot whether you are heading to the beach, going for a run, or just going for a hike. It will make you fitter for your outdoor activities, feel better and look better. So try to avoid pretty much all packaged food and stick to your basic foods such as vegetables and protein. In combination with this, exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Doesn’t have to be anything strenuous, even just a morning walk before work (or walk to work) will help. Or try weight loss products that works for you.

Remove Your Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are much more common than you think. Stretch marks affect both men and woman however is more common in woman and especially during pregnancy. No one likes having stretch marks and when going to places like a beach, stretch marks can make you feel very uncomfortable and self-conscious. There are solutions for stretch marks though and they range in cost. Options include surgery, stretch marks creams, natural oils to help prevent stretch marks (great for pre pregnancy, but see your doctor to make sure they are safe for your baby), and home remedies. So check out which option works best for you.

Get The Right Gear For Your Outdoor Adventures

Sometimes looking good is as simple as having the right gear for your activity. So if you’re going to the beach, get a bathing suit that looks good on you. If you’re going for a hike, get some nice hiking clothes that won’t show sweat, and just in general, get clothing that looks good on you. This may not be the same piece as clothing as you like unfortunately.

To sum it up, get outdoors, look your best, and have a great time.

Some Of The Benefits Of The Great Outdoors


There are so many benefits of getting outside and enjoying the great outdoors. I think that each and every one of us can enjoy ourselves out there and also enjoy the following health benefits. Below we go though only a select few health benefits, there are many many more.

Fresh Air

Most of us live in large cities where air quality is not as high as it should be. We really need to be getting out of the city at least once a week for a few hours but would be better more often. This way we get the fresh air we need.

Exercise / Lose Weight

Getting outdoors is a great way to do some extra exercise. Going for hikes for example is great for our health and fitness and can also help us lose weight. And best of all, it is fun while we are doing great things for our health.


One of the best things about getting to the great outdoors is that it is fun. There are so many things to do outside some of which include, hiking, biking, snowboarding, camping, and fishing. There really is something for everyone. You can find new hobbies or continue to get better at the ones you already like.

Positive Effects On The Mind

Getting outside and enjoying the great outdoors will also have positive effects on the mind. It would actually reduce stress and anxiety for most people, and let’s face it, we could reduce our stress and anxiety.

Being Social

Try going outside and enjoy the outdoors with some friends. It’s a great way to catch up with your friends. Or if you want to try a new sport or hobby and don’t know anyone who does it, try looking online for a club in that activity such as a hiking club. This way you will meet many new people and enjoy yourself even more.

Sources: Ideal Weight Hiking Body Mind

5 Great Homemade Snacks For Your Outdoor Adventures


So before we head outdoors on our adventures, we need to make sure that we are prepared for what we are about to do. In most instances where we will be out for a few hours, we will need snacks to keep us going or in case of an emergency.

There are far better options for you than going to your local store and buying unhealthy snacks. After reading this post, you will be well prepared, at least in the food department. Make sure you also have the right equipment for whatever you are doing out there.

Protein Bars

Protein bars are our favourite snack to bring with us on the trails whether we are hiking, mountain biking, or rock climbing. They are great for any sport of activity outside. If you haven’t yet made your own protein bars at home, I would strongly recommend trying them asap. They are far healthier then store bought, and have much healthier ingredients. If you are looking for a protein bar recipe, there are recipes online and also in the sources section of this post.

Energy Chews

Not many people think that they would be able to make their own energy chews, so they buy them in store. Making your own energy chews is far easier than you think and often you only need a few ingredients. And best of all, they taste great.

Kale Chips

I never even though of kale chips until a few months ago when I first bought them in a store. Since then I found out that they are super easy to make your own. So that’s what I do now. Click the link below in sources for the recipe.

Trail Mix

This is a classic and is available in most supermarkets. Many people eat trail mix but not many people make their own. Next time you buy trail mix, pick and choose the best and worst parts of the packet and then make your own supreme mix with only the things you love in the portions you like. Easy!


Not really a homemade snack, but fruit is great to bring with you when you’re out doing something for the day. Fruit is loaded with natural sugars, energy, they are convenient, and best of all, fruit taste great.

Sources: Protein Bar Recipe & Energy Chews Kale Chips Recipe