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Safeguard Your Skin During Summer Nordic Walking

As we Nordic Walking enthusiasts embrace the great outdoors, especially during the bright days of spring and summer, it’s crucial to consider the impact of sun exposure on our skin. While the benefits of walking are many, unprotected exposure to the sun can lead to skin ageing, skin cancer, and melanoma. Here are some essential tips to protect your skin as you enjoy Nordic Walking in the summer sun.




  • Understand the Risks

Extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can increase the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, and contribute to premature skin ageing. When you're out on the trail, it's easy to underestimate the time spent under direct sunlight, making skincare an essential part of your walking routine.


  • Choose the Right Sunscreen

A broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher is ideal for outdoor activities like Nordic Walking. A water-resistant formula is preferable as it is less likely to be removed by sweat or incidental contact with water.



  • Reapply Regularly

Sunscreen isn’t just a once-and-done deal. It needs to be reapplied every two hours, and even more frequently if you are sweating a lot or if you wipe your skin often. This ensures continuous protection throughout your outdoor activity.


  • Wear Protective Clothing

In addition to sunscreen, wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long trousers to cover as much skin as possible. Hats with wide brims offer excellent protection for your face, ears, and the back of your neck, while UV-blocking sunglasses protect your eyes and the sensitive skin around them.


  • Stay Hydrated

Hydrating is key to maintaining healthy skin. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your walk to help your skin stay rejuvenated and recover from sun exposure.


Our instructor, Kelly, has personal experience with the dangers of inadequate sun protection, having suffered from melanoma herself. She always carries sunscreen with her and is more than happy to share it with anyone who might need it during the walk.

By taking these steps, you can enjoy the health benefits of Nordic Walking without compromising the health of your skin. Remember that protection from the sun is vital for preventing not only immediate discomforts like sunburn but also long-term damage such as skin ageing and serious conditions like skin cancer and melanoma. So, lather up, cover-up, and enjoy your summer walks with peace of mind.

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