It's no secret that exercise is great for your heart, lungs, and overall mental outlook.
But have you ever asked yourself, what does going to the gym have to do with collagen, elastin, capillaries, and crow’s-feet and what actually happens to your skin when you exercise?
Exercise raises your heart rate and increases blood circulation, delivering much-needed oxygen and essential vitamins and nutrients to tired skin cells. But working up a sweat isn’t the only way exercise benefits the skin — it reduces inflammation, helps regulate skin-significant hormones and prevents free-radical damage. When you exercise, the small arteries in your skin open up, allowing more blood to reach the skin’s surface and deliver nutrients that repair damage from the sun and environmental pollutants. These nutrients also boost collagen production, which slows down the formation of wrinkles.
Here are ten exercises for your skin, and how they can help you to achieve a flawless, and youthful complexion.
Aerobics – Is a high intensity cardio workout helps to stimulate collagen production to the skin, as well as increase the amount of the human growth hormone (HGH) which is released in the body, vital for maintaining a youthful appearance and healthy body and metabolism. These both work together in synergy to support the skin and help it to produce collagen and elastin and stimulate the production of new skin cells, resulting in a brighter and more youthful appearance
Cycling – Cycling encourages blood flow around the body and helps the body get rid of toxins, resulting in clearer skin. Air pollutants rob the skin of oxygen resulting in a dull and tired complexion and damage to the skin. Biking is an excellent way to protect your skin against pollution.
HiiT Training – Alternating between high intensity cardio and toning exercises can have a rejuvenating effect on the skin’s appearance. Similar other aerobic based classes like HiiT training increases blood flow throughout the whole body, which aids the removal of damaging chemicals away from the skin’s cells. High intensity training also sends oxygen levels soaring throughout the body, leaving you with a fresh complexion
Rebounding – The G-Force you experience from bouncing on a trampoline lifts everything upright, instead of downward, by increasing elasticity and firming your skin. With the rebounding workout you can say goodbye to saggy knees, thighs, butt or facial skin. Not to mention, boosts lymphatic drainage and immune function, great for skeletal system and increasing bone mass, improves digestion, plus more than twice as effective as running without the extra stress on the ankles and knees.
Pilates – This is the ideal exercise for rosacea sufferers as it’s designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness, with relatively low intensity levels. Whilst high intensity training can often increase the effects of rosacea by triggering flushing, facial redness and itchy skin, Pilates doesn’t appear to have such a negative effect on the skin due to its calming practices. Among its many benefits, Pilates does not increase the heart rate which can trigger rosacea symptoms.
Yoga – Research has found that stress can increase the effects of acne, eczema, and even rosacea due to the hormone cortisol telling the cells to produce more oil. Regular yoga classes can help stop this process, as the yoga philosophy teaches us to align the body with the mind through fluid movement and controlled breathing. This tranquil state of mind ensures that less cortisol is produced in the body, leading to reduced oil levels which lessens the possibility of skin irritation, redness and breakouts.
Resistance Training – As we age, our skin starts to become thin which increases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Resistance training helps to stimulate the production of collagen within the body, which makes the skin appear thicker. This form of training also helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Running – Building up a sweat whilst you are out for a run is similar to getting a mini facial. As we begin to sweat and our core body temperature rises, our pores start to. As sweat is expelled from the body, it flushes out trapped dirt and oil with it. Research has also shown that sweating can help to flush out chemicals such as Phthalates, which aren’t as easily passed through the body. This helps the skin to get rid of any damaging dirt and toxins, and leaves it clean and clear. (Just remember to wash your face afterwards.
Weight Training – It’s common knowledge that as we age, our skin begins to lose elasticity which leads to looser skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Incorporating regular weight and strength training into your exercise regime tones the muscles that lie underneath the skin’s surface, resulting in a firmer appearance on the outside.
Zumba – Zumba is a high intensity South American dance workout. Aerobic activities increase blood flow to the skin cells, which in turn carries oxygen and nutrients. This nourishes your skin cells and keeps them healthy, giving you a clear complexion. The increased blood flow also helps to carry away waste products, including free radicals, which can start a negative chain reaction of damaging healthy cells.
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