Exercise your way to better skin You might even live longer

Did you know that there is a strong link between exercise and the health of your skin? If you think about it, it can only but make sense.

Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Think back to biology class. What is the role of organs in our body? Well, collectively they allow our body to function normally. However individually, different organs aid the smooth running of the various systems in our body.

There are eleven systems altogether; Muscular, Respiratory, Skeletal and Articular, Digestive, Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Endocrine, Urinary, Reproductive, Nervous and Integumentary, with the latter being of main concern when it comes to the skin.

The Integumentary System deals with skin, connective tissue and fascia. However, the health of other systems such as the respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular and lymphatic system to name a few, also play an important role in the creation and maintenance of healthy skin from head to toe.

Skin is made up of multiple layers of tissue.

These layers of tissue protect underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. So you see our skin has a huge responsibility in protecting the rest of our body.

The skin has a tough job to carry out and maintain 24/7. As it is the most external part of the body, it is of course exposed to the elements. With this in mind, it needs to insulate the body, regulate body temperature, take care of skin sensation and control water content within the body as well as many other important roles it carries out.

The skin regulates the water content of the body.

By working alongside the other systems, mainly the digestive, cardiovascular and lymphatic system. By eliminating waste from the body, you eliminate excessive toxins, resulting in a healthy mind and body. We all know that consuming the recommended intake of water daily is essential in the maintenance of healthy skin. It flushes toxins out of the body. We can help force these toxins out in other ways too; Exercise.

Cardiovascular exercise will make you sweat.

Sweating is your body’s way to detox naturally. Detoxing the whole body helps clear pores and gives your skin a healthy glow. In addition, by exercising, our heart is made to work harder, pumping blood all around the body. With this action of the cardiovascular system, our skin achieves a healthy colourful tone. An active heart is a healthy heart and in turn, leads to healthy skin.

Sweating is your body’s way to detox naturally.

Detoxing the whole body helps clear pores and gives your skin a healthy glow. In addition, by exercising, our heart is made to work harder, pumping blood all around the body. With this action of the cardiovascular system, our skin achieves a healthy colourful tone. An active heart is a healthy heart and in turn, leads to healthy skin.

Going back to the detoxification process of our skin; when we sweat through exercise we force excessive toxins and waste out of the body. If they don’t come out at a time like this, they will most likely come out at a later stage, just before that first date because if toxins have nowhere to go on the body their first place to go is out via the skin. This, of course, results in the dreaded B word, Breakouts!

After exercising, remember to thoroughly cleanse both face and body. Otherwise bacteria will simply lie on the surface of the skin, defeating the purpose of this whole elimination process.

So even though you may feel like you have just run ten marathons after that Body Attack or Spin class, don’t delay in showering, the sooner the better. Your body has done the hard part by this point, so all you need to do is clean up the mess.

Yoga and Pilate’s can have a great effect on the skin also.

Many people experience acne breakouts simply from stress. If the mind feels at ease so too will the skin. Additionally, stretching relieves pressure from parts of the body. This release of pressure balances both mind and body mirroring a clean healthy image on the skin itself. Another point to note is the effect both yoga and Pilates have on a sleep deprived body.

Yoga and Pilates tune into the Nervous System having both physical and psychological effects on the whole body. It has been clinically proven that people who practice regular yoga are more emotionally stable people, with less aggression and have a general feeling of calmness and well-being.

After a Yoga class, I certainly feel completely and utterly relaxed, positive and happy. Particularly after an evening Yoga class, I feel at ease and ready for bed. Yoga is great for insomnia, migraine sufferers and anyone with anxiety, depression or emotional concerns. The Chinese way of thinking is that the face demonstrates what’s happening within the body. Mapping out the different zones of the face can help identify problems within the body. For instance, if you tend to have breakouts along the chin and jawline, you can count on it being a hormonal thing. If you have redness on the nose, it can reflect heart or circulatory problems.

Our body is so complex in some ways and so simple in others.

Our body is the host to many intricate systems, is a masterpiece of science and often leaves us bewildered with answers to only some of our questions. On the other hand, if we read what our face says, we know what our body is telling us.

We can easily identify and treat problems within the body simply from looking at the skin itself. We can see how the various systems in the body play such important roles both alone and simultaneously.

Tune into these systems in a way to treat your skin.

Drink water to flush toxins from the body, exercise to further flush toxins and waste, relax the mind and the body will relax.

Never underestimate the power of both mind and body and never underestimate the power of exercise. It’s just one more step in the right direction towards healthy skin.

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