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Cute Summer Workout Outfits with Maximum Sun Protection

You work hard to keep your body fit and strong. So why would you put your skin at risk? The newest outdoor workout wear looks cool, but it's the sun-shielding powers that we really love.

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Walk This Way

Wear this 40 UPF pullover on cool mornings (Columbia Climber Canyon Hoodie Tunic, $60, columbia.com for info) and get support from this UV-protective tank's built-in bra (Nike Print Strong and Strappy, $40, niketown.com). Plus, comfy 30 UPF shorts make your strides easier (Lands' End Sun.Life Shorts, $32.50, landsend.com).

What Is UPF?
An Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) seal means the fabric blocks UVA and UVB rays. To earn a UPF label, clothing must undergo tests for both initial UV protection (determined in part by the tightness of the weave, the weight, the type of fiber, the color, and the amount of skin covered) and protection after two years of use. Most high-tech performance wear is specially treated with chemical UV absorbers, which partially block UVA and UVB rays. In addition, some fabrics are treated with a chemical sunblock.

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Run in the Sun

You'll love the mesh ventilation inserts and chafe-resistant seams in this 50+ UPF shirt. (Asics Favorite short sleeve, $40, asics.com for info.) The shorts are fast-drying, odor-resistant, breathable and, oh, yes, 50+ UPF. Need we say more? (Asics Fiesta shorts, $38, asics.com for info.)

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Surf's Up!

Turn heads with this floral 50 UPF bikini (Lands' End Beach Living Paradise Floral Bikini top, $40.50, and bottom, $32.50, landsend.com). Boarders love this 50+ UPF top (Lands' End Long Sleeve Rashguard Shirt, $34.50, landsend.com).

Helen Kaminski Basil hat, $95, soldeibiza.com. 7eye Emma sunglasses, $79 and up, 7eye.com.

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Take a Hike!

The band on this 50+ UPF hat leaves a ponytail gap (Wallaroo Hat Company Reversible Resort Hat, $36, wallaroohats.com) and moisture is wicked away with this 50+ UPF shirt (Merrell Lynx T-shirt, $40, merrell.com) to keep you cool and dry.

Columbia Silver Ridge Knee Pant, $48, columbia.com for info.

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Hit the Trails

Breathable 50 UPF fabric plus a hood for extra coverage make this top ideal for long, woodsy hikes (Lands' End Sun.Life Pattern Deep V-neck Hoodie, $34.50, landsend.com). Stay dry rain or shine in these water-repellent 30 UPF pants (Columbia Sun Goddess Knee Pant, $50, columbia.com for info).

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Time to Chill

Seek shade in this 50+ UPF hat (The Avalon, $36, wallaroohats.com). The 50 UPF hoodie is sporty and stylish (Lands' End Solid Sun.Life Deep V-neck Hoodie, $29.50, landsend.com), and five pockets plus UPF 30 make this skirt a winner (The North Face Horizon Utility Skirt, $50, thenorthface.com).

Sun-Safe Tip: Want extra protection? Wash your clothes with SunGuard, a laundry additive that contains sunscreen. When added to a detergent, it increases the UPF of the clothing; the protection lasts 20 washings.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2009.

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Originally published in FITNESS Magazine, May 2009
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