As a followup to our many posts on the importance of vitamin D (D-Up, Wintertime Sun, Prego Superfoods), I wanted to do a survey on how much sun you all get on a weekly basis. I recently read in an article that most people spend 90% of their day indoors. While that was hard to comprehend, it is a realistic approximation considering work, commuting, and sleep.
Starting today, jot down (in your iPhones, gym notebooks, etc) approximately how many minutes each you spend in direct sunlight with no sunscreen, and your face, legs, and arms exposed to the sun. It doesn’t have to be exact, but commute time in a car does not count (bicycles ok). Just eating your lunch outside is an easy way to knock out a good 15-20 minutes daily. Next week, I’ll post a follow up and see what you guys end up with. It is summer after all there’s no excuse for avoiding the outdoors.
Don’t interpret this like the sleep challenge. I’m not asking you guys to get As Much Sun As Possible without sunscreen. Be smart. If you know you burn after 10 minutes, limit your exposure to 10 minute intervals! If you DO burn, go back to Sean’s home remedy post for some relief!
If you find you’re getting less than “20-30 minutes of afternoon sun for light skinned folks [and] a few times that for dark skinned folks” (Mark’s Daily Apple), you’ll need to supplement with vitamin D capsules. Read more about vitamin D exposure here and here.