SWEATING FOR BETTER SKIN
Sweat is the magic ingredient for glowing skin and healthy ageing. Sweating will help improve your skin tone, elasticity and plumpness and can eliminate the need for expensive serums, detoxes or treatments.
Taking care of our skin as we get older can become increasingly complex, especially in a market flooded with products touting anti-ageing benefits and scientific jargon that all add up to a resounding “huh?”
Keeping our mature skin healthy can be simple and a big part of the solution may lie in something we are all doing anyway. Exercising, sweating and flushing out toxins has recently been attributed to an improvement in overall skin health. Skin is the biggest organ, and next to our liver, is also one of the biggest detoxifiers.
LET'S START SWEATING!
One of the biggest misconceptions on sweating is that our sweat leads to clogged pores. This is not the case. As we sweat, we secrete all the nasties in our body and flush them from our system whilst also sending beneficial hormones and rejuvenating nutrients right to our dermis.
As we exercise, our blood stream also becomes oxygen rich. This oxygen rich blood helps nutrients travel to our skin surface easier, helping to reduce puffiness and imparting a gentle glow in the process. Not the reddish glow of a post workout flush, but the glow that comes a day after when the skin has settled.
Exercise is one of the most effective, natural ways to reduce inflammation, which is one of the leading causes of acne, breakouts and other more serious skin conditions. Exercise will help balance out our cortisol production, otherwise knows as the stress hormone. Cortisol has also been linked to skin flare ups so keeping this in check is vital for optimal skin conditions.
JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG
Exercising has also been proven to improve our longevity at a cellular level. In a study of a group of athletes between the ages of 50 to 70, these athletes were found to have longer telomeres than their sedentary peers of the same age. Now, what’s a telomere? A telomere is essentially a ‘cap’ that tops and tails our DNA, protecting it from fraying and decaying and is essentially in charge of all ageing. Longer telomeres = healthier, more vital and ‘young’ DNA which in turn leads to greater longevity. Shorter telomeres means more fraying and decay of the DNA. Those who exercise regularly in their 50s, 60s, and 70s were found to have telomeres comparable to those typically found in a healthy 30-year old.
The best part of all is that it’s never too late to start. At any age – even in our 90s – we can gain fitness, muscle mass and strength from doing exercise… All you have to do is start.
Taking the first step on walk or run, putting on your shoes and workout gear, mentally preparing yourself… This is always the part that’s the hardest and most commonly the part where we decide to put it off until tomorrow. Actually starting, even just doing a little bit, is going to make you a better version of you than you were the day before. You’ll never, ever be younger than you are today so there’s no excuses to getting started on your fitness journey. Now, get out there and sweat!
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