UPF is short for Ultraviolet Protection Factor, think of it as SPF for clothing. Just like with sun block, the higher the number the more protection it gives you. Several factors play into whether or not a fabric will block radiation of the sun such as the density of the fabric weave, dye type and color, and the fiber type itself. Most importantly, the fabric must be tested to determine the UPF rating. Wikipedia has more great info.
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Being someone who has battled my weight my entire life, believe me being pushed into exercise was not the solution for me. But when I came to the decision on my own and started because I wanted to and was ready to, that was when I stuck with it and found the joy in it.
Over the years I have been a bike rider, a jogger, a skier, I have belonged to a gym, I have taken aerobics classes, worked out with a personal trainer, walked a half-marathon and hiked some beautiful terrain in Colorado. And during all of those times what inspired me to first try and then to continue was the feeling of accomplishment. Knowing that in spite of my size, I was able to participate in something that made me feel good about me.
Now I admit that I continue to battle with my weight and currently I am not as active as I would like to be, but I am not giving up. I am going to find something that gets me moving again and if that results in losing a few pounds great! But if it doesn’t that’s okay too, because being active should not be a short term goal to losing 10 pounds, but rather a long term goal to keep your body moving the best that it can.
So to answer the original question, it is the sense of accomplishment I feel that keeps me striving to be active. What about you? Share with me what motivates you to be an active woman. I would love to hear about your favorite activities and what inspires you.
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Sunday is the big day, the 5k Susan Komen Mother’s Day Race for the Cure. The Mall of America welcomes over 50,000 people to this annual event to celebrate life and to support finding a cure for breast cancer.
I’ll be wearing my pink hat with three stickers on it, celebrating 3 years cancer free. This year I’m attempting for the first time the 5K run; in my case run/walk. I may be the last one in, but I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be wearing my favorite QuikWik Leggings , and layering up in Junonia as the start at 7:30 a.m. will be chilly!
In past years, my family and friends did the walk with me, and it was amazing. The streams of people, which consisted of a wide variety of men, women, and children, were a stark reminder of how many lives are touched by this disease. Many had remembrances pinned to their tees for family members currently struggling with breast cancer or loved ones who were struck down by the disease. All along the route volunteers cheer, play music, and provide hugs. I never had so many hugs!
While heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer, it is still shocking to note that one in eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer. What I learned in my journey through breast cancer was that we don’t have to take breast cancer sitting down. In fact, the best medicine it turns out for the prevention and reduction of recurrence of breast cancer and heart disease is getting out there and being active. Long-term research supports this-- it’s not just my opinion. They aren’t sure why this is, but the latest thinking seems to indicate that regular moderate exercise boosts the immune system each day, and that allows the body to kill off the little cancers that are created in all of us, before they get the chance to “dig in.”
Since I was diagnosed, I made the commitment to do some kind of physical activity every day. Some days, that’s not so easy, and I just tell myself to get to the gym and sit in the hot tub. Of course, once I get there, the hardest part is over and I actually swim! I also enlist a group of women friends, and we call each other to meet at the gym when our motivation flags. But the funny thing is, I’ve gotten to the point now that if I don’t do something, I really miss it! I never thought that would happen. I’m feeling better (and younger) than I have in years, and I’m really having fun.
So whatever happens on Sunday, it will be fun, interesting, and I’ll write about it next week! Have a spectacular Mother’s Day!
P.S. If you are a survivor, if you have a story to share with other women, please let me know. I would love to tell it. If you aren’t ready to share your story publicly, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are needing a little support. There were so many people who did that for me, it would be my pleasure to pay it forward. And you will get that chance too!