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The Best Sunglasses for Your Summer Workout
Running, rowing, SUP, or cycling—summer is the season of outdoor activities. And just as you're careful to protect your skin with SPF and UPF garb, it's important not to forget about your eyes. Sunglasses, while often viewed as a fashion statement, serve a real purpose when it comes to sports. Not only do they keep your eyes safe from UVA and UVB rays, they also allow you to see what's coming on the water, road, or path ahead. Wondering which pair of sunglasses to invest in? Here are the best sunglasses for your summer workout.
If you're rowing, you'll want to be sure to protect your eyes from the glare of the water. In order to do so and excel at your sport, Matt DiIonno, rower for Rutgers University and trainer at Row House NYC, suggests a pair of polarized sunglasses.
If you're a cyclist, you never know what's going to come flying your way. Sometimes, bigger can be better to keep yourself covered. "For the bike, I love a larger frame that is specifically designed with ventilation and is basically a shield to block out sun, wind, and any road debris from the eyes," says pro triathlete Jenny Fletcher. Plus it's great to be able to change lenses. "If I know it's going to be sunny, I will put a darker lens in—otherwise a light lens is preferred to be able to see the road."
It's important to protect your pupils when pounding the pavement for long periods of time. "If there is a gap between the skin and lenses, I notice that as I look down running and it kind of makes me dizzy," says Cannondale triathlete Heather Jackson. Look for a larger frame with darker lenses to ensure there's no squinting from sun sneaking in.
Outdoor Boot Camp
When it comes to outdoor boot camp, you can expect sprinting, jumping, and burpees galore. It's important to practice good eye health by keeping those baby blues shaded from the rays. "Silicon grips are important in order to keep the glasses from sliding off your face," says Curtis Williams, former pro football athlete and creator of Training C.A.M.P. "Vision and performance go hand in hand, and you want to make sure you can see and react to your coach during drills, and perform through the elements of the outdoor environment."
Because walking is a bit lower impact and you might not be exhausting as much effort, you can afford to wear a more fashion-forward frame—though we still recommend a polarized lens.
Whether you're playing pickup with friends or looking to win a beach volley tournament, being able to stare up at the ball without being blinded by the sun is extremely important. It's rare you'll see a pro volleyball player without a pair of sunglasses. "Look for a snug nosepiece so the glasses stay in place, a lightweight frame, and lenses that are anti-fog," says Michelle Lovitt, Asics elite trainer who has worked beside Kerri Walsh Jennings.