People, it's the middle of summer. I know you're going to whine because it's hot and humid, but STFU, I live in Florida where it's 95 degrees F and 95% humidity. If I can do it, so can you. I even have a doctor's note that says I shouldn't get too hot, but I do it anyway.
The point is that you need to be outside in the sunshine to be healthy. I don't mean all day, every day. I mean for a reasonable amount of time, every day. Is it a cloudy day? Then stay outside longer.
What's that you say? What about the sun being bad for you? Please. I bet you also don't swim for an hour after you eat, right? The sun is NOT BAD FOR YOU. As a human, you NEED the sun to survive (aside from growing things even). Ever heard of Vitamin D? You know, that stuff they put in your milk and various other things? You know why they do that? Because we don't get out in the sun anymore.
I am a child of the 80s. We spent damn near every weekend at the beach, tanning our asses off. I'm sure a lot of us these days look like saggy leather icky people about now. Yes, I was one of them. I personally had the added advantage of having a mother* who was a dermatological nurse. Yep, she spent one day a week doing surgeries to remove people's noses because they'd had too much sunburn and had gotten skin cancer. How on Earth is this an advantage? She always insisted that if I wasn't going to wear sunscreen (WTF? I was wearing baby oil!) I should at least wear a hat so if I had to have a chunk of my body surgically removed, it wasn't on my face where you could see it. That's a realistic approach if ever there was one, wouldn't you say? Fortunately for me, my eyes are super-sensitive to light, so being out in the sun required a hat and sunglasses anyway. Issue resolved. I'd like to say that saved my face, but I'm not really "that old" yet so I'll save that statement for when I'm over 60.
All that was to say this: yes, too much sun can be bad for you. But mostly, a little bit of sun every day is better for you. Seriously, if you can get outside and stand in the sunshine for 30 minutes, you are probably not going to burn (hell, start with TEN minutes a day and work your way up). Wouldn't you like to stop taking a supplement to get your Vitamin D, when all you have to do is go stand outside for awhile? It's free and it makes you feel good (and I daresay it makes you a happier person too).
Believe it or not, I actually still lay out in the sun. Granted, it's not all day; I have a life and children and I'm lucky if I can get one solid hour in on the weekend. The rest of the week, I might get in 30 minutes here and there, and it's usually after work (unless I can get a run in during the early morning before it gets too miserable). In March, I started with 15 minutes on each side, laying out on a chair. I built up from there but I do keep it to an hour or less at a time. I also did this last summer and both summers my mood has been greatly increased and I feel like a million bucks.
Of course, as I type this, it is raining and thundering outside. It's July, and here where I live, that means afternoon thunderstorms almost every day. So much for tanning today!
What are your thoughts on tanning? Are you afraid of the sun, or realistic about it? Like candy, everything in moderation, yes?
*Mom, if you're reading this, I do appreciate the advice!