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Tanning and execising...

Does tanning before exercise seem to make the process harder to anyone? For some reason it seems to make me have less energy....I was wondering if anyone knows the proticall behind tanning and exercising or any science behind it?

Tue. Sep 12, 3:53pm

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hello your under high tentisty lights as you lay there and bake away for a nice tan today and leather skin and cancer tomorrow. YES tanning can zap your energy before a workout. Why are you are you tanning anyways it's so bad for your health and skin? Like I said "tan today leather skin and cancer tomorrow"

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 4:16 PM

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i agree. i'd rather look young and pale than old and tan. why not try self-tanning lotion? it's like when you lay in the sun all day-you are tired. except that with the tanning bed, you are exposed to 2 to 3 times as many uv rays in the same amount of time as you would be exposed to in natural sun, so my guess is that it is more draining. you know that you are actually baking your skin, right? like when a turkey's skin turns brown in the oven. same thing....

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 4:19 PM

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oh my god this is the worst thing you could possibly do before a workout. Not only, as the ladies above have posted, are you wrecking your skin (opt for the mystic tan, 40 bucks a month makes it the same price as the medium UV beds)... but you're already subjecting yourself to heat and sweating... so while you're not physically doing anything, your body has already been dehydrated and you're already getting heat exhaustion whether or not you feel it... so to add the workout on top of that is like asking you to go run outside in 100+ degree heat for 20-30 minutes before doing your regular workout.

I only know this because I've been picked up off a treadmill two or three times and never again have I tanned before a workout. If you're addicted to the beds, as I'll admit I have been known to be... reward yourself with a bed-rest AFTER you work out. Who cares if you're sweaty, just give the bed an extra wipe when you're done.

don't destroy all of your hard work with habitual bed tanning! I do the spray on tan and then maintain once a month with a high power bed. Once a month, that's it... and I still use SPF on my face, hands and feet.

Good luck!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 4:25 PM

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To the 4:25 poster. How can you say that tanning is so bad,but then tan once a month? Are you saying that tanning occasionally is ok? All tanning is bad for your skin, period. You wouldn't tell someone that smoking is ok if you only do it occasionally, would you? Just thought I'd voice on that since it made no sense to me.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 6:22 PM

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6:22- wow you're obviously a great reader... the previous person did admit:

"If you're addicted to the beds, as I'll admit I have been known to be... reward yourself with a bed-rest AFTER you work out"

just because she tans too doesn't mean she doesn't know the negative effects of it. and she made no comments about the skin, she credited everyone else with that topic. the topic wasn't about skin, the original question was how it effected exercise, and i think she did a good job giving her opinion of how tanning before workout decreases the effectiveness of a workout BASED ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. how else would you expect someone to give advice... blindly?

read a little better and come back when you have something constructive to say.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 6:44 PM

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Hi, 4:25 here again.

the previous person did a great job defending my post... thank you!

I was merely discussing the actual topic of tanning before working out and how physically draining it can me... not the obvious bad effects of UV exposure to the skin.

I was just answering her question and using my personal knowledge to give my opinion. That usually takes personal experience. so shoot me. I wasn't judging her for using the bed to tan, I was telling her how awful it is for a workout.

And in my defense (and hers), 15 minutes a day of UV exposure increases vitamin D production, which is essential for calcium absorption... so if I lie in a bed for 12 minutes a MONTH I don't think i'm killing myself... especially since I actually wear spf all over on a daily basis. It's also a seratonin booster... i suggest you try it and improve your mood.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 6:54 PM

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OK let's put the claws away. It looks like we're all agreed that the OP shouldn't be using the tanning bed for UV reasons. I agree with 4:25 that it's also a killer for workout energy and that IF YOU MUST DO IT, then do it afterwards and try to cut back and find some of the alternative options to getting darker skin and hopefully your better workouts will lead to results that will improve your self confidence to the point where your skin tone isn't an issue and you'll start taking better care of it.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 7:08 PM

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there are a lot safer ways to get your vitamin D. if you are that desperate for it, get a medilight. it gives you the benefit of the sun without the risk of skin cancer. i used to tan and i am so sorry I did it. my skin is ok but not as young looking as i would like it to be.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 9:49 PM

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tanning is great in moderation

Tanning helps muscle growth, as well as althernating hot and cold shower (1 minute hot, 30 seconds cold (2 times)). Tanning gives u vitamin D and is not bad for your skin. Moderation is key as in most aspects of life. Tan 3 times a month, and you'll be golden (no pun intended).

Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 12:53 PM

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oops, forgot to mention, only tan after lifting, it will dehydrate you and drane your energy

Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 12:53 PM

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