If you are new to working out, you may only be thinking about getting bigger muscles when you hit the gym. Working out benefits your whole body in ways you might not expect. It may be strange to think about, but your skin is the largest organ in your body. That means it is just as affected by your lifestyle habits as your brain, your heart, and every other organ in your body.
Regular exercise will make your body healthier and leave your skin more radiant. You will look like you just had a cosmetic procedure like a facelift or Morpheus8. London nutritionists report that a good workout in combination with a healthy diet could significantly reduce signs of aging.
Here are 3 ways that exercising keeps your skin healthy.
You Get More Nutrients Throughout Your Body
When you work out you increase the blood flow throughout your body. You feel your heart pumping because your body is trying to keep oxygen moving to the active areas like your arms and legs. As your blood moves oxygen to your muscles, it also brings along nutrients and hormones to your skins that give you a healthier glow.
Cardio is an exercise that specifically benefits your heart and circulatory system. Exercise like jogging opens the blood vessels wider allowing more blood and nutrients to flow through your system.
If you work out until you are red in the face one day, the next day your skin will have a more full appearance.
You Sweat out the Impurities
When people think of sweating, they usually associate it with smelling bad. We will not deny that sweat can come with an odor, but it is also important to note the good qualities of sweat.
Sweat is made up of mostly water, with fractional amounts of salt and fat from your body. When your body overheats, like when you work out, sweat is released and evaporates to help your body cool down. When you work out, your pores open up and sweat begins to move any dirt or toxins in your body. Sweat also washes away dangerous bacteria that can live on the surface of your skin.
However, just because sweat is good in this case, does not mean you should let it hang around. Sweat can move those impurities to different parts of your body. If you do not clean away the sweat, those impurities can clog your pores and irritate your skin leaving acne and red bumps.
You Experience An Indirect Effect
Daily exercise can lead to other habits that will affect the health of your skin. A good night’s sleep and a lower level of stress are two ways to keep your skin looking healthy.
Exercise releases endorphins, the “feel-good hormone,” and leads to decreased levels of stress. Stress has been linked to skin issues such as increased acne breakouts, more wrinkles, and flare-ups of eczema and psoriasis.
Similar to exercise, your body increases blood flow while you sleep, carrying more nutrients to your muscles, organs, and skin. This allows your skin to retain a rosier complexion instead of a pale, sullen one. Additionally, good sleep alleviates wrinkles and puffy eyes.
People who exercise regularly report better sleep habits and a better quality of sleep. Using up the excess energy from the day during an exercise session allows the mind and body to relax leading to better sleep.
You work out different muscles on different days so that you do not overextend one muscle group. While those muscle groups are only strengthened on those workout days, your internal and external organs are always receiving the benefits. Your skin is the most visible part of your body and working it is a reliable way to keep it healthy. Now that you have these tips, go out and continue to make your body healthier.
About the Author: Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.