Some of us live to exercise; others of us live to avoid it. But we all know in order to lead long, full, and healthful lives, we must get moving. No matter what gets you in the gym, motivates you to conquer the outdoors, encourages you to switch a car ride for a bike ride, or guides you to a yoga mat – the truth is the same: exercise helps you lose weight, get strong, and lower stress, but it also makes you more beautiful. Here are nine reasons why:
- Clearer Skin
Exercise helps acne suffers in multiple ways: reduced stress breakouts, hormonal regulation, increased blood flow, and detoxification. Just make sure to workout without makeup to prevent clogged pores and to wash your face right after you finish your sweat session (or bring facial wipes like these to the gym).
- Younger Skin
The benefits that exercise gives to those with acne also help those wanting to keep their skin youthful, firm, and plump. But on top of all those benefits, exercise also offers another anti-aging punch: it can boost actual collagen production. This is especially true of strength training, so get lifting!
- Healthier Hair
Hair loss is a real concern that affects both men and women, and there are actually three types of hair loss directly associated with stress. Since exercise is an ultimate stress-buster, you can help keep your beloved locks where you want them. The increased blood flow doesn’t hurt either!
- Sweaty Detoxification
Our skin is our largest organ, and it is designed to detoxify your body. Sweating cleanses our bodies of toxins, an ability that offers major benefits not only helping our entire bodies, but also our skin. Pores are happy after a good sweaty, detoxifying workout (another good reason to exercise makeup free).
- Reduced cellulite
While programs that claim to spot-train cellulite away are unfortunately myths, focusing on the overall toning your muscles and dropping your body fat percentage are great ways to combat cellulite. The increased circulation plays a factor in improving cellulite as well (that is why dry brushing is a great option too).
- Heightened Self-Confidence
As actress Blake Lively says, “The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” You do not need to have a competition body in order to gain some real self-assurance from a workout. Simply knowing that you are strong and capable of physical movement instantly boosts your confidence and makes you feel beautiful.
- More Sleep
“Beauty rest” may be a cliché, but the phrase is around for a reason. Your body and skin will look beautifully refreshed when you are getting consistent sleep, and regular exercise is one of the best methods to assure that is happening. Exercise can even significantly improve sleep for those with chronic insomnia.
- Higher Libido
Regular exercise is great for both men and women’s sex drives. For the ladies, exercise has shown to even increase physical arousal. When you are in touch with your sexuality, you will feel more attractive. Another plus – the hormones released while having sex actually have a positive effect on beauty including younger skin and healthier hair.
- Better Posture
A stronger core is essential for better posture. While you can achieve core strength through many different workouts, yoga and Pilates focus specifically on core strengthening. Classes like Barre that integrate some traditional ballet are also fabulous for an elegant posture as well.