Exercise and the skin

We are all aware of the benefits that a great exercise regime can have when it comes to our hearts, lungs and general mental outlook, but all too often the effect it can have on the skin is overlooked.

Any form of cardiovascular exercise is fantastic way to keep skin healthy and vibrant due to the increase in circulation.

Many people find it hard to find the time to exercise in our busy age, but simple things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator each day can have a profound effect on all aspects of your life including your skin.

In addition to improving your skin, here are 6 surprising benefits of regular exercise.

1. Sleep better.

Regular exercise will help you sleep better when carried out 2 to 3 hours before your bedtime. Exercise can also help to reduce and sometimes eliminate sleep apnea.

2. Be happy.

If you’ve heard of “runner’s high,” then you know that exercise makes people happy. That’s because exercise boosts mood-enhancing or feel-good endorphins.

3. Reduce heartburn.

Studies show that regular exercise, especially less stressful aerobic types like swimming and walking, reduce the severity of acid reflux or heartburn. And reducing heartburn can also help you sleep better.

4. Help clear acne.

Because regular exercise helps regulate blood sugar, it helps reduce inflammation which can help improve acne. It also reduces the production of the stress hormone, cortisol, which can trigger acne.

5. Have more energy.

Many studies show that exercise, even just a few times a week, boosts energy. And morning exercisers reap the biggest benefit.

6. Improve chronic pain.

Losing weight is critical to improving chronic pain since the more weight you carry, the more pressure is placed on your joints and bones. Exercise also helps ​with pain because it reduces inflammation.