Sun Safety Facts for Children and Parents

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Some exposure to the sun is healthy for everyone. The sun is the primary source of vitamin D for the world, which is necessary for better calcium absorption and preventing depression. Too much sun, or failure to properly protect the skin can cause skin damage, eye damage and in some cases skin cancer.

The UVA rays of the sun are the cause of skin cancer and premature aging. The sun’s UVB rays are the cause of burns, cataracts and immune system damage. The sun also has UVC rays, but these do not reach the earth because of the ozone layer.

How the Skin Reacts to the Sun

The skin’s reaction to the sun is caused by a chemical called melanin. Melanin helps to protect the skin. The amount of melanin in people’s skin varies depending on skin tone. People with a fair skin tone have much less melanin than people with dark skin.

Fair-skinned people are most likely to get burns and are at a higher risk of skin cancer. When people get a tan on their skin from the sun, this is caused by sun damage. The more time spent in the sun, the darker the tan gets. Too much sun can cause burns and even blistering.

Sun Safety Tips for Children

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To prevent sunburn, parents should always be sure that children are wearing a sunscreen of at least SPF 30. It is recommended that children stay indoors between 10 am and 2 pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

If families must be outside during this time, it is important to try to stay in the shade. The heat of the sun can also cause dehydration from sweating, so parents and children should drink lots of water when out in the sun. Sun hats and sunglasses are important to protect the eyes from sun damage.

Sunscreen to Prevent Sun Burn and Damage

A sunscreen of at least SPF 30 should be used for children. Parents should be sure that sunscreen is applied to the entire body, even areas covered by clothes as clothing does not protect from the sun’s rays. The sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure, and reapplied throughout the day. If children are swimming, sunscreen should be reapplied upon leaving the water.

Sun Warnings

The sun causes serious damage if safety measures are not used. Skin cancer and serious burns can be prevented with the right sunscreen. The sun can also cause overheating, which can lead to heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

Nausea, vomiting, fainting and delirium are signs of either of these problems and need immediate medical attention. If a child has a fever, trouble looking at light or has an infected sun burn parents should also contact the family doctor.

Building Muscles – A Beginners Guide

building musclesAlmost every single guy on earth wants to look like Matthew McConaughey or Taylor Lautner. Bodybuilding has grown tremendously throughout the years. You can find teenagers at the gym with 100% dedication to building muscles. Anyone can get an amazing body by having the correct guidance and knowledge. I have some simple tips for the beginner to get prepared to building muscle.

Planning

Get a workout plan together if you want to get into shape and start building muscles. Follow the schedule every single day of the week. Put a workout plan together before you jump into bodybuilding.

Take a few minutes to decide on which days you are able to do workouts. You also need to choose the workouts that suit your needs. If you are looking to lose some weight, then put together a cardiovascular workout. If you are looking to build muscle, put together a weight lifting schedule.

Devoting yourself 100% to your workout plan is the most crucial part to your success. Do not become impatient. After about a month of sticking to your workout schedule, you will see some amazing changes in your body that will help you stay motivated.

Longer Workout Sessions

Try to arrange your schedule to include some longer sessions of working out. Weight training is very important when getting into shape. Take approximately 45-60 minutes for your weight training portion of your schedule. It is very possible to get your session done within this amount of time as long as you aren’t socializing a lot during your routines.

Cardio Workout

It’s best to put together a 20-30 minute cardio session in-between workouts every week. A lot of people will be fine with only doing 20 minute cardio sessions while others want to push themselves a little more by doing 30 minute sessions. Mixing up the cardio exercises is necessary throughout the week.

Some cardio exercises to mix in can include jogging, swimming, biking, stair climbing, and running. Follow these exercises with a 4-5 minute cool down session.

Rest between Sets

This doesn’t mean stop and sit for a lot of time between sets. It should take around one minute to rest between sets. You want to focus mostly on the total amount of workouts you perform with each major muscle group.

Proper Rest Between Workouts

It’s extremely important to rest between workout sessions. You must allow your major muscle groups at least one day of rest between working sessions. Your muscles will not grow without the proper amount of time to rest.