Sunglasses: Critical and Over”looked” Workout Equipment

National Sunglass Day is Friday, June 26!

Rock and movie stars have the right idea after all! You should be wearing your sunglasses more often, and not just after a rough night out or to hide that you didn’t have time for makeup before school drop off… they should be a critical part of your outdoor workout ensemble!

Summer is in full swing, and enjoying a workout outdoors can be the highlight of your day. However, Dr. Justin Bazan, a medical adviser to The Vision Council, and optometrist based in New York City, says many fitness enthusiasts are neglecting to use the proper protection for their eyes, leaving their vision at risk to UV radiation, posing harmful threats to our long-term eye health.

I took part in a webinar that told of some shocking statistics. The most surprising to me is that popular outdoor workout times, like early morning (8-10am) and late afternoon (2-4pm) puts your eyes at nearly double the amount of UV exposure than at mid-day (10am-2pm) during most times of the year!  Other stats include:

  • -1 in 4 Americans rarely or never wear sunglasses, leaving eyes at risk
  • -2 in 3 Americans leave their eyes unguarded on cloudy or rainy days
  • -3 in 10 Americans don’t protect their eyes in the Winter, when UV Rays are still present
  • -Most people chose shades for comfort over protection level
  • -The most common times when people use sunglasses is when they are driving, walking or going to the beach
  • -Only 33% of adults use eye protection when they are out running or biking.
  • -Water reflects up to 100% of UV rays, snow 85%, and dry sand/pavement hits you back with 25%


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To make sure I can still see the running and biking road in front of me in years to come, and just in time for the upcoming National Sunglass Day, the vision council sent me these great Kaenon polarized SR-91 shades in a sun safety kit.

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Dr. Bazan explained that sunglasses don’t have to be expensive to have UV protection, and neither price not how dark the lenses are, usually have anything to do with the protection level.

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So join me to protect your eyes and help raise awareness of this over”looked” part of your workout gear and use the #NationalSunglassesDay hashtag in your posts and share your own Rockstar #SunglassSelfie  on Facebook – or Twitter – @OpticalIndustry 

You can also participate in a Twitter chat, celebrating National Sunglasses Day   on Friday, June 26 @ 1pm ET ! More information 


Fitness – fit it in, in your shades! ~Nikki



NikkiFItness is a 37-year-old fitness expert, author of The Slimnastics Workout, a freelance fitness writer, and the star of 11 fitness DVDs/Videos/Apps including the new 2015 Anti-aging Walking Workout, 2014 Slimnastics Stability Ball Workout, the Seasonal Affective Disorder Workout, Hard Core Abs, Fit Travel Workout, Booty Camp, The Slimnastics Workout (Yoga+Plyometrics Fusion), Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s “Slimnastics” exercises have been featured in over 100 national media outlets including the New York Times, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Fox & Friends, GMA Health, Shape, Self, Fitness, and Women’s Health. Her “Improve the Move” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyomentric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Nikki is an AFAA certified NYC personal (and celebrity) trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor.She is also the “spokestrainer” for Huggies Little Movers and SilverSports antimicrobial fitness gear. Nikki got her start in fitness as a Syracuse University Cheerleader, where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Newhouse School. Search for “NikkiFitness” on Facebook and Twitter, to get the free #movesoftheday and #mantrasoftheday. Her music playlists, video demos and DVDs can be found at


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