If you ever needed a good enough reason to move your body more and start a regular exercise regime – perhaps this recent study at the University of Birmingham and King's College London, will inspire you.
You may have heard that exercise is good for your waistline, your brain and mood, but did you know that regular exercise helps to slow down (and even reverse) aging?
Regular exercise slows down aging
In a recent UK study, a group of researchers examined the impact of lifelong exercise on the aging process in older adults. They recruited 125 cyclists, aged 55 to 79, who had been active throughout their adult lives. The results were impressive: regular exercise helped these individuals maintain their muscle mass, strength, and even immune system as they aged. They also avoided increases in body fat, cholesterol levels, and, for men, the negative effects associated with male menopause (yes, it's a thing!)
These findings shed light on the importance of exercise, especially as we age. Surprisingly, less than half of those over 65 engage in enough physical activity to maintain good health, with the majority suffering from multiple diseases - linked to living a sedentary lifestyle. However, this study challenges the notion that aging inevitably leads to frailty.
Professor Janet Lord, from the University of Birmingham, emphasizes that exercise is like a powerful medicine, as Hippocrates believed centuries ago. This research provides strong evidence that committing to regular exercise can be the key to living longer and healthier.
Exercise has skincare benefits too!
In addition to its many benefits for the mind and body, exercise is also surprisingly good for your skin. Here’s how it helps to enhance your natural glow:
1 Improves blood circulation
Exercise increases blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells. This enhanced circulation promotes a healthy, radiant complexion.
2 Increases nutrient supply
Regular exercise supports the efficient delivery of essential nutrients to the skin, helping to nourish and revitalize it from within.
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3 Enhances detoxification
Sweating during exercise helps cleanse the skin by eliminating toxins and impurities. This can contribute to a clearer, more vibrant complexion.
4 Reduces stress
Studies show that regular exercise is very effective at reducing stress levels, improving your mood and enhancing sleep which can all have a positive impact on your skin. Lower stress levels may help minimize skin issues such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
5 Enhances your natural glow
Engaging in physical activity stimulates the release of endorphins, commonly known as "feel-good" hormones. These endorphins can give your skin a natural, healthy glow.
6 Boosts collagen naturally
Regular exercise can support the production of collagen, a vital protein that maintains the skin's elasticity and firmness. This can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and promote a more youthful complexion.
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7 Improves skin tone
While you might believe that exercise equals sweating and excess oiliness, the truth is regular exercise promotes a balanced production of sebum, the skin's natural oil. This can help improve skin texture, minimize pore size, and contribute to a more even skin tone.
8 Regulates sleep
Ever gone for an evening run and crashed on the sofa soon after? This is because exercise is associated with improved sleep quality. Getting enough shut-eye is essential for skin rejuvenation and repair, allowing you to wake up with a refreshed and revitalized complexion. It’s not called “beauty sleep” for nothing!
Remember to take care of your skin before and after exercise by cleansing properly, protecting it from sun exposure, and staying hydrated. Incorporating regular exercise into your routine can benefit both your overall health and the appearance of your skin.
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