What comes to mind when people talk about working out is, trying to shed some pounds or maybe preparing for your next triathlon. But that’s not all there is to it. Regular workout can also give you a healthy, gorgeous look that you probably can’t get any other way.
If you notice anyone who always visits the gym, unfurls their yoga mat or involves in any thing that keeps them physically active, you’ll realize that apart from the shedding of pounds and adding muscle tone, there are also some subtle changes and glow that come with it. Their skins look brighter.
Research has chalked up the physiological and biochemical processes usually triggered by regular exercise. This is because, every cell in the human body benefits from physical activity. The hours you start exercising, you feel less anxious and may be able to sleep better at night and 72 hours after that, your blood sugar is processed more efficiently.
Here are some ways exercise can make you look gorgeous.
Ensures a More Radiant Skin
When you work out, your pores dilate in order to release the sweat trapped in dirt and oil. Make sure to wash your face after that so that the dirt doesn’t get sucked back into your pores.
The sweat your skin works up while you work out is equivalent to getting a mini-facial. This doesn’t only benefit your skin, it also reduces inflammation, helps regulate some skin-significant hormones and prevents free radicals. When you exercise, the tiny arteries in your skin open up, allowing more blood to reach the skin’s surface and deliver nutrients that repair damage from the sun and environmental pollutants. These nutrients can also rev up the skin’s collagen production, thwarting wrinkles.
Physical activities like exercises and yoga can make you taller. There are no answers to why exercises make you taller, but any activity that can stretch and strengthen your muscles simultaneously can correct bad posture and hence make you taller. That means, if you work to bring your muscles to balance, your back will lengthen, thereby improving your posture and your height too.
People with swayed backs benefit most from core strengthening exercises, such as planks, farmer’s walks and bird dogs. For hunched shoulders, working on strengthening the upper back using resistance with bands, machines or free weights can help restore lost height. And, of course, exercise that improves posture tends to also make you look thinner, fitter and more confident.
Less Stress and Anxiety
Constantly experiencing anxiety, fearfulness and uncertainty can drain your vitality, dampen your mood, and this sometimes evident in your daily activities. Roughly 40 million Americans over 18 suffer from anxiety disorders, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health — that’s nearly 20 percent of all adults — and for many of them, that anxiety strips both the smile from their face and the spring from their step.
Exercise has over the years, been proven to alleviate most mild to moderate cases of anxiety, and can very quickly improve mood.
Better Immunity and Detoxification
Exercises shore up your immune system by goosing the body into churning out more white blood cells, including neutrophils and natural killer cells. When more white blood cells are churned out, the break in of bacteria and viruses are greatly minimized.
Exercises can also keep your lymph nodes healthy. When your muscles contrast during exercise, they put a squeeze on your lymph nodes, hence, helping them pump waste out of your body. That way, you look less puffy and unhealthy. Increases circulation helps in both production of white blood cells and better lymph drainage. The one way to increase circulation is by exercising. This is because, normally, your heart pumps 4 to 5 litres of blood per minute, but if you go for a run or get engaged in any kind of exercise, it would pump triple or more times than normal. This flow in turn revs up your immune system.
Less Visceral Fat
Exercises can help you get rid of your love handles, but it is the loss of your visceral fat (the excess fat that is deep inside your body) that boosts your overall looks.
Your body contains mainly two types of fat. The one that you can touch or pinch that’s relatively\benign, and the one that is visceral, and this one can actually be a killer. Excess visceral fat fuels low-grade inflammation in the body and can result in type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, colon cancer, breast cancer and dementia. It can also upset the balance of some important hormones that can affect your skin, hair and general appearance.
But all of these can be avoided when you exercise regularly. Regular exercise trains your body effectively burn visceral fat. This is because, when you exercise regularly, your body tends to produce more cellular engines where aerobic metabolism takes place, your body also produces more protein to speed up the transportation of fatty acids to be burned as energy into cells. Your body also makes more enzymes that can break down fat. These enzymes regulate the speed at which chemical reactions take place in your body. What this implies is, the more enzymes you have, the faster visceral fat can be burned. Your body will be there to tell the results.
Stronger Sex Hormones
Getting fit not only makes you look sexy, it also makes you feel sexy by balancing the body’s sex hormone levels, which in turn can improve the appearance of hair, skin and muscle tone. Although the most studied hormones linked to exercise are endorphins, sex hormones, such as testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH — the same youth-serum substance celebrities pay thousands to be injected with), also get a boost.
You might not know this, but you can tailor your workout to produce more testosterone. When you are doing things like squats, lunges, dead lifts, bench presses and rows, it ramps up testosterone more than single-joint, small-muscle-group movements like biceps curls or triceps extensions. For best results, you should try doing three sets of five to 10 repetitions with weights that push muscles to their edge, and rest 30 seconds to two and a half minutes between sets.