It’s no secret that exercise is good for you. We all know how important it is to keep your heart healthy, but research is now showing us that a regular exercise routine is also crucial for a healthy skin and mind.
Let’s start off with the basics. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In order to reduce the risk of heart disease, doctors recommend squeezing in at least 30 minutes of cardio almost every day. There are many reasons why it may be hard to get to the gym – or find the time to devote an entire half hour to exercise – but there are ways to sneak it in.
Fitness trainers suggest making small lifestyle changes in order to get your heart pumping more often. Whenever possible, try taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. When doing more sedentary activities, resolve to walk around the room while talking on the phone or bounce on an exercise ball while watching TV.
Working out allows blood to circulate better throughout the body. This helps to flush toxins out of your organs, including the largest organ, your skin. When you exercise, your pores dilate allowing you to sweat out built up toxins that could have otherwise clogged your pores and lead to breakouts. The increased circulation also leads to better cell production, including the production of collagen and elastin, the tissues in the skin that keep it from sagging.
Surprisingly, increased blood circulation not only affects the renewal of skin cells, but also can improve your memory by boosting the production of brain cells, too. The brain also releases endorphins, a feel-good hormone, that makes us feel happy AND reduces stress, which can raise blood pressure and negatively affect the heart.
One final benefit of working out? You can look great while doing it! Feel confident that your exercise routine is impacting you in many wonderful ways. Just clip your hair back, add a touch of waterproof mascara and you’re ready to go! Avoid makeup on the skin, that can clog pores, and let your rosy post-workout glow shine through.
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