I recently returned from a Blood Test that showed that I was deficient in Vitamin D3- known as ‘The Sunshine Vitamin’. How could this happen to me- a runner, who spends at least 45 minutes out in the early morning sun? I was in denial, till the doctor told me about how my clothing could make a huge difference.
Many of us, especially female runners, tend to cover up too much when we get out and run. Though we are thinking of safety, we’re omitting the important factor of allowing the sun’s rays to get absorbed by our skin. When choosing our workout wear, we only think of comfort and breathability. But from my own experience, here’s another significant issue that we need to look into- coverage.
Discard your jackets and full pants. Opt for shorts or 3/4ths, and a t-shirt. Keep the sunscreen away too! The idea is to expose unprotected skin to the morning sun for a minimum of 20 minutes daily. (Don’t overdo it though, as too much of anything isn’t good for you!) We’re guessing most of you have indoor jobs, travel by car and sit concealed in an air-conditioned room all day, so you need to allow your skin to meet the sun’s rays as much as possible when you run.
For those of you who run at other times in the day, or in the evening, you might not have realized how you are missing out on this necessity. If possible, shift your running hours to anytime before midday.