The Role Exercise Plays in Looking and Feeling Beautiful

December 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Michael Glass

The Benefits of Exercise and Your Beauty


We all know the importance exercise plays in looking good. Moving half an hour each day can ward off those excess pounds, and regular activity is the best way to stay fit throughout our lives. But did you know that staying active also helps with your skincare?

An active lifestyle also promotes heart and brain health, which can decrease the likelihood of related issues later in life.

Here are just a few of the many benefits that exercise plays in looking and feeling beautiful.

woman drinking water after workout at gym

Blood Pumping Benefits

The increase in blood flow that happens as a result of exercise not only lends a hand in sustaining a healthy heart, it also helps nourish skin cells throughout the body. Blood transports oxygen and nutrients to active cells all over the body, including skin cells, and also removes waste as it circulates. Because the skin acts as our front-line defense against free radicals, increasing your blood flow by exercising helps revitalize the skin and keeps it looking young and fresh.

Stress Reduction

Exercise is shown to have a significant impact in reducing stress. As you exercise, endorphins are released throughout the body that encourage relaxation and reduce anxiety. When stress is low, skin-related issues like acne and eczema are less likely to occur. That’s because, as stress hormones rise, additional oil is produced in the sebaceous glands of the skin, resulting in clogged pores and poor complexion.

Exercise helps combat the issue behind the scenes, stopping bad skin before it has a chance to start.

Better Sleep

Many adults suffer from poor sleep – an issue that can wreak havoc on the skin.

Recent studies have shown a strong link between getting regular exercise and the ability to improve sleep in individuals who experience insomnia.

The research showed that light physical activity, like walking or moderate aerobic movement, reduced the time it took individuals to fall asleep, while also increasing the length of time they could rest.

woman waking up and yawning with a stretch while sitting in bed

Counting those Z’s plays a part in beautiful skin, as sleep allows your body to function more efficiently. When you get a good night’s rest, stress hormones are reduced, collagen and hyaluronic acid are kept intact, and the right balance of hydration is maintained. These factors help can lead to a healthy glow and younger looking skin.

Staying healthy and fit is the main objective of sticking to an exercise routine, but the additional beauty and health benefits may motivate you to ramp up your workout game. Increased blood flow, stress reduction, and better sleep are all benefits of exercise, and proof that beauty and wellbeing both begin with movement.