Exercise your way to youthful skin and reduced cellulite
Updated: Apr 13
Exercise has many benefits. In this article I will show how it can help reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve the clarity and health of your skin.
Skin is the largest organ of the body so the positive effects of exercise can be huge. When you exercise there is an increase in the circulation and the delivery of nutrients to the skin cells. This helps to remove the toxins and flushes out the body. When your cells are healthy so is your skin.
The prevalence of acne will be reduced with regular exercise. When you exercise stress hormones such as testosterone are reduced. These hormones are related to the production of acne. This stress response is why people tend to breakout in stressful situations such as exams.
Natural collagen levels increase with exercise. Collagen is what keeps skin tight and youthful. When we get older collagen levels diminish and that’s why everything starts to sag. Resistance exercise that involves stretching and tightening of the body’s connective tissue can assist fibroblast growth, these are the collagen-producing cells. Try forward bending yoga exercises to enhance circulation to the facial skin. Sweating also helps to unclog pores.
Another way to keep your skin healthy is to drink lots of water. Again this helps in increasing blood flow to the skin and reduces levels of toxins that would otherwise accumulate in the skin cells. Also avoid alcohol, drugs and junk food as these produce toxins in the body. By the way pimples are not caused by eating chocolate. Sugar does not cause pimples, oily skin is the culprit.
Cellulite is the accumulation of pockets of fat directly under the skin of the butt and back of the thighs. It’s more prevalent in woman, overfat people and is genetically predetermined. There are many ways to help reduce the appearance such as creams and lasers, but exercise and diet help as well. When the fibrous connections in skin are pulled tighter the cellulite effects occurs. Toning the muscles with resistance training or Pilates helps reverse this tension and reduces the appearance of cellulite.
When training try to reduce the overall fat levels in the body, the more excess fat a woman has, the more severe the problem. Eat sensibly and reduce the consumption of fatty foods. Do lower body exercises that target the problem areas, such as the butt and back of the thighs, and aim for a high amount of reps to get the heart rate up. This creates a cardio effect so you are increasing muscle tone and burning calories to decrease body fat.