We are often told that sweat is the enemy when it comes to acne, congestion and general skin concerns. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth – sweat and, in turn, exercise, is essential for the overall health and well-being the skin.
Exercise – the feel-good factor
It is now a well-known fact that exercise releases endorphins that make you feel and look great. These endorphins make your skin glow and the circulation that exercise stimulates in your body is also brilliant for bring essential nutrients, oxygen, and blood to the surface of the skin. Enhancing the skin’s natural detoxification process and stimulating the removal of waste products that can make your skin appear dull and lackluster.
Sweat – the path to clear skin
Sweat is also brilliant at clearing up the skin, many of us associate sweat with congestion, acne and often breakouts on the body as well. However again, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sweat is your body’s way of expelling waste products such as urea (ammonia), lactic acid (the acid that builds in your muscles after you exercise) and also water and other minerals such as salt, potassium, and calcium from the body. Once these are all expelled from the body your only job is to wash it off! So, once you have exercised jump straight into the shower and wash those toxins away! Otherwise, the toxins that you have just expelled from your skin start to soak right back into the follicles that they were released from.
So always shower after exercise, that way you will receive the full benefit of the detoxification that exercise and sweating offers for your skin.
Motivation – “But I’m sleepy”
We all know, myself included, that it can be hard to get that motivation to get up and exercise, the fact is that we all need to be moving more! Yoga, Pilates – these are great for building core strength and even though you may not necessarily break a sweat you will still receive numerous benefits from the deep relaxation and you’ll still be getting your body moving more!
If you are stuck for time then something like HIIT training is great for quickly toning up the body, 30 secs burst of exercise, sessions normally last no longer than 30 mins and they are a quick and easy way to loose weight and tone up without taking up too much of your day.
As a personal recommendation, I would recommend Linear Health and Fitness – located just outside of Borde Hill that have got great facilities, personal trainers, and showers to ensure that you achieve your fitness goals.
But as a word of advice in terms of motivation, find a fitness buddy. Someone who you can tell about your achievements, goals and also somebody that you will have to face and let down if you don’t make it boot camp on Saturday morning! Having some outside accountability, even a personal trainer is great, can really help to boost your motivation and keep you on track for your goals (and great skin!)