Fitness Benefits That Go Skin Deep
You joined the gym or purchased a collection of fitness DVDs, but you still haven't budged from the couch. You know that fitness is good for your heart, lungs, bones, and pretty much every other organ in your body. Do you need another motivator to start living healthy? Perhaps this next reason can kick start that fitness routine: your skin, the largest organ in your body, can greatly benefit, too.
Your Body is Like a Car
As a refresher, here's why exercise is so good for you. According to USANA Health Sciences spokesperson and celebrity trainer, Kathy Kaeler, you should think of your body as a car. If you fail to give it regular oil changes, let it be idle for too long, or don't pay close attention to telltale signs that it needs a checkup, it will slowly break down. Our bodies function in the same way. Regular exercise coupled with proper nutrition is what will make your body perform at its best, and continue to do so even as you age. According to Kaeler, run down this list to see if your body is in tip-top shape. Do you have:
- Good, sustained energy
- Toned muscles
- An ideal body weight
- A good, solid sleep routine
Why Your Skin Gets Benefits
In addition to anatomical perks such as lung, heart, and bone health and boosts of energy you can get through exercise, your skin gets added benefits, too. According to Kaeler, the more you sweat, the more blood circulates through your body, thereby bringing more nutrients to your skin cells. This results in a youthful and healthy glow. Increased blood circulation also produces collagen to help ward off wrinkles and lines. If you have acne-prone skin caused by stress, exercise can decrease your stress, therefore reducing stress-produced hormones that induce acne flare ups. Ultimately, exercise makes your skin brighter and clearer.
If this seems like a good deal to you, performing the right exercises that flush out your pores is a great place to start. Give these skin-enhancing activities a try (just be sure to check with your doctor first):
- Step classes
- Cardio machines
- Strength training
- Circuit workouts
- Boot camps
And remember: always drink plenty of water to help keep you hydrated while you work out.
Sign Up for Free Newsletters
Ask Your Doctor the RIGHT Questions!
the most from your doctor visit.
Emailed right to you!
The Ask Your Doctor email series
may contain sponsored content.
18+, US residents only please.
Explore Original Articles About...
Get the MOST from QualityHealth
- Top Searches
- 1. Arthritis Management: Nature Heals
- 2. 5 Digestive To-Dos
- 3. Men: Should You Shave It or Leave It?
- 4. Today's Top Fitness Trends
- 5. Sugar and Osteoarthritis : The Link
- 6. Can't Afford Your Hospital Bills?
- 7. Stay Energized All Day Long
- 8. Phobias: Who Has Them and Why?
- 9. What If Your EpiPen Fails?
- 10. 5 Costly Medical Billing Mistakes
- 1. Ice Falls Can Cause Serious Injuries
- 2. Can Inactivity Act Like a Disease?
- 3. Kale Snack Recipe for Diabetics
- 4. How Running Affects Arthritis
- 5. Sugar and Your Immunity System
- 6. Do Weight Loss Supplements Work?
- 7. 5 Super Foods for Spring
- 8. The Hazards of Reusable Bags
- 9. How to Avoid Ingrown Hairs
- 10. Health Tip: Constantly Change Shoes
- 1. 4 Common Treatments for Epilepsy
- 2. What Does a Urogynecologist Do?
- 3. GERD Without Heartburn? It's Possible
- 4. Graston Technique: Can It Work on You?
- 5. Music Therapy Can Help Autism
- 6. 8 Ways to Fight MS-Related Fatigue
- 7. Can You Still Bleed After Menopause?
- 8. Be Your Own Health Care Advocate
- 9. Why Is Syphillis on the Rise?
- 10. Ideal Weight vs. Happy Weight
The material on the QualityHealth Web site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a physician or other qualified health provider. See additional information.