We all have them, some more than others and often to lesser or greater extent between us. I’ll be covering a few to look out for…
Firstly, I found it amusing that “bad habit” in Latin is “mal habitus” – contrary to most women’s belief it is apparently unrelated to the word “male” in reference to the gender.
So why should we try and break some of these bad habits? Well, it will not only make us better runners, but we may also be happier & healthier individuals. Fortunately, most of them are very simple to fix. So we will tackle them one at a time.
Mal Habitus #1 – No Slip No Slop No Slap
For those of us blessed with fair skin, you will certainly know what I am talking about. For the rest of you with darker skin, this still applies to you.
It’s that time of year, and perhaps I’m being a little optimistic given the crappy 8 months we’ve had. In any case Summer is coming, however brief and interrupted it might be, so it is important for your skin (whatever your melanin levels) that you protect it from the Sun’s UV rays.
Did you know?
- Runners are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer
- This risk increases with mileage
- Sweat increases the photosensitivity of your skin, making you more prone to Sun Burn
- Wear SPF15+ (50 for me) on sunny days. (Slop it on)
- Slip on a shirt, Slap on a hat – this will also help.
- Avoid running around mid-day – early morning or just before twilight will avoid the worst of the Sun’s rays.
- SLIPSLOPSLAP it.
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