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Sporty womanGET GOING AND KEEP GLOWING!          

Everybody understands the benefits of a regular workout for the heart, lungs and muscles. But did you know that exercise also promotes beautiful, glowing skin? Experts agree that exercise is good for every organ in the body –- and skin is the largest organ.  So add a vibrant complexion to good health and a toned body when listing the reasons why you should hit the gym.

Bear in mind that exercise doesn’t have to be a grueling chore and you don’t have to train for a triathlon to reap the benefits. Thirty minutes of moderate activity a few times a week can make a significant difference for your skin and overall health. It is important to find an activity that you enjoy so you’ll be more likely to stick to it. Go for a swim, take a brisk walk, ride a bicycle, join a dance class or sign up for an aerobics session. Get some friends involved so you can support each other’s goals.

If your fitness program takes you outdoors be sure to wear organic sunscreen to block out dangerous UV rays. Harmful UV rays can penetrate the clouds even on cold, wintry days.

Health experts agree that a regular workout supports radiant skin in the following ways:

Toxin Removal:  Exercise causes you to sweat, which purges your body of toxins that can clog pores and aggravate skin conditions. Wash your face gently after your workout to remove the toxins. If you tend to have oily skin, don’t wear makeup during your workout so your pores can “breathe.”

Circulation: Studies show that a regular workout boosts oxygen and blood flow to the skin. Improved blood flow carries nutrients to skin cells and supports the production of collagen and elastin. This is especially important for older women because collagen production slows with age. Exercise also has anti-inflammatory benefits. By reducing inflammation in your body, you will have less redness and fewer acne breakouts.

Muscle Tone: Exercise tones the muscles in your face just as it tones the rest of your body. The more toned you are beneath your skin, the healthier your skin will look and feel. In this way your workout benefits you from the inside out.

Natural Glow: When you exercise, your skin begins to produce more of the natural oils that keep skin supple and healthy. The increased blood flow and natural oil production are responsible for the “rosy glow” on your face after your workout.

Stress Relief: Exercise helps control the production of certain hormones, including testosterone and DHEA, which have been linked to acne. Exercise releases endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals that make you happier and more relaxed. A more relaxed state eases lines in your skin and lowers your hormone levels, which can help prevent certain skin conditions.

The bottom line is that your skin is a reflection of your health. A lifestyle that includes regular exercise, a healthy diet, adequate rest and stress management will lay the foundation for a lifetime of vibrant living. Since exercise promotes overall wellness, it is good for your whole body, including your skin. So get going to keep glowing!

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European Academy of Dermatology   http://www.eadv.org

National Institute on Aging  http://www.nia.nih.gov/skin

Mayo Clinic  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ01676