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How Important Is Shade?

How Important Is Shade?

A nice shady spot in the summertime can make a world of difference.

 

While it’s important to get the right amount of sun for a healthy tan, lower cholesterol, and better vitamin D levels, it’s even more important to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Too much time in the sun leads to overexposure to UV, causing painful sunburns and increased risks for dangerous skin cancer.

Interesting fact, did you know that how hot or cold a day is, is not an indicator of UV levels? Even on a chilly overcast day, UV rays can still penetrate the clouds and permeate the surrounding area through reflection off grass, snow, sand, or even water. That’s where shade comes in. Not only does a nice, shaded outdoor area keep you cool in the summertime heat, it also allows you to spend time enjoying the great outdoors while lowering your UV exposure as much as 75%.

At Inspired Living communities, we feature shady outdoor amenities like gazebos and screened-in porches to ensure our residents have roomy, inviting places to enjoy a nice breeze while staying comfortably in the shade. So it’s no surprise that our shady screened porches are a favorite social gather place for many of our residents, and our intimate gazebos are the perfect place for a quiet, private conversation with family and friends.

We believe providing plenty of shady outdoor areas for our residents is a key part of ensuring they all live inspired while enjoying everything Mother Nature has to offer in safety and comfort. Spending time outside is proven to benefit your health and wellness, so we’re proud to make sure our residents can be made in the shade.

 

Sources:

SunSmart Victoria, 2015, Shade Guidelines, Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne. Pages; 4 & 7