Healthy Tan

Do people still think there's such a thing?

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15/07/2013 at 17:46

Now that we at last have some pleasant temperatures to train in. I've noticed a few guys (who else?) running around stripped to the waist.

Now it's been a while since I was informed by one particular jerk that he always set off his 'healthy tan' by getting sunburnt first, but do people still think like this?

In New Zealand, if anyone had this idea they'd be sectioned.

On my first visit to that country, an advert on the telly for sun-block came with the narrative, "Show me a guy who thinks he has a healthy tan and I'll show you a bloody idiot!".

They have a way of getting to the point over there.

15/07/2013 at 17:53

Well yes but isnt there some serious issue going on with lack of vitamin D in a high majority of adults in this country. All caused by peoples terror of actually letting sunlight touch their skin? I accept that sunburn and over exposure is dangerous but are we not in danger of going slightly too far the other way?

15/07/2013 at 18:19

What rosie says. There's a balance to be struck.
Also, if you're out running in the sun, not a lot of your body is exposed to it in the same way as say lying down.

15/07/2013 at 18:32

Given how rarely we see the sun, I really am not going to worry about it.  I sit in an office most week-days, and don't lie out in the sun on holidays.

The pleasure of feeling the sun on my skin for a few days out of the year out-weighs the small risk of skin cancer.

 

15/07/2013 at 19:20

after running In the miserable  conditions most of the year, I get that top off at a whisper of heat.

Huge difference in running for 30mins with no top, and lying in the full force of the sun for 8hours sunbathing.

15/07/2013 at 19:28

The benefits of sunshine outweigh the risk.

15/07/2013 at 19:28

30 minutes at around mid-day is considered medically appropriate.

Lying in the sun like a staked out Red Indian torture victim, something else.

 

Edited: 15/07/2013 at 19:30
15/07/2013 at 19:34
Intermanaut wrote (see)

The benefits of sunshine outweigh the risk.

Which are?

15/07/2013 at 20:32

Dr Richard Weller, a senior lecturer in dermatology at Edinburgh University presented a paper recently in which he suggested the benefits of exposure to sun outweighed the risks. He reckoned UV reacted in the skin to produce nitric oxide which reduced blood pressure. So his reasoning was that sun exposure could reduce the risks of hearts attacks and strokes which are bigger killers than skin cancer. I'm not a scientist so can't judge how sound his research is. 

15/07/2013 at 20:35

Sounds marvellous to me, I'm with Dr Weller on that one then.

Anyway flabby brown bits look so much more acceptable than flabby white bits.

15/07/2013 at 20:44

Aside from the vitamin D you get from sunlight, and possible blood pressure benefit mentioned above, there's the feeling of pleasure, enjoyment and well-being you get from feeling the sun on your skin after months of being cold!

15/07/2013 at 21:00

one of the advantages of being in shape is being able to flaunt it!

perhaps the OP is jealous!

15/07/2013 at 21:10

I doubt it old son, Riccy boy is more in shape at 55 (ish?) then everyone on this thread was at 25

15/07/2013 at 22:29
velloo wrote (see)

Dr Richard Weller, a senior lecturer in dermatology at Edinburgh University presented a paper recently in which he suggested the benefits of exposure to sun outweighed the risks. He reckoned UV reacted in the skin to produce nitric oxide which reduced blood pressure. So his reasoning was that sun exposure could reduce the risks of hearts attacks and strokes which are bigger killers than skin cancer. I'm not a scientist so can't judge how sound his research is. 

Tops marks Velloo.

I find it refreshing to see that someone has taken the trouble to check some facts and report on them. 

"Too Much Water"

Your's has to be the most ironic post yet. Considering that according to some on the forum, I drink too much water when running.

As for being in shape. SG (a mere nipper of 32) knows I'm only 52 and a half. I'm also running 12 miles per day. And here's a picture from 8 days ago.

http://s3.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/493151/gallery/eal_0.png?width=350

 That's me on the right. Covered in sun-block.

Oh and averaging sub 6 minute miling in 26C.

15/07/2013 at 22:36

Nowadays, the term healthy tan makes as much sense as the term healthy cigarette.

15/07/2013 at 22:43

Which one is you Ric?

15/07/2013 at 22:49
Cinders wrote (see)

Which one is you Ric?

I'm the one on the right-hand side of the picture. Let me check. Yes, that's me alright.

15/07/2013 at 22:56

More sun cream on your knees would have given you a healthy tan!

XX1
15/07/2013 at 22:57

The phrase "healthy tan" is a bit meaningless but there are extremes...  Sitting in a darkened room vs "lying in the sun llike a staked out Red Indian torture victim"...  But spending some time in the sun and getting a tan wasn't a problem when I was three so I doubt it's a problem now...  I'm prepared to take the risk anyway.

XX1
16/07/2013 at 03:50
Cinders wrote (see)

More sun cream on your knees would have given you a healthy tan!

That's just the colour of my knees and quads under race conditions. Usual colour is the same as my shins. The last extensive tan I had was in 1983.

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