I have been asked many times “Why do you run so much?” And my typical answer is “Why do you not run?”
I run a couple full marathons and several half marathons a year. I train seriously for them and am competitive. And I love it! There is no better connection to your body than when you are working out hard. But I have also noticed that it does something else for me: it has improved my health and my skin.
Regular exercise is one of the keys to healthy skin, in addition to improving your heart, lungs and muscles.
Exercising promotes increase blood flow to your organs and your skin is the largest organ in your body. Increased blood flow to the skin means increase in nutrients provided to your skin. The blood will carry away the waste products, toxins and free radicals that are produced by our hard working skin cells.
In addition, exercising lowers stress and that can reduce the aging process of our skin. There are various skin conditions that improve when one exercises such as eczema and acne. Muscle tones are also improved. There has been no clinical studies analyzing collagen production and stress, but I would gather collagen production decreases with increase in our stress level.
Of course, you should take precautions when exercising in severe weather such as extreme cold, wind or heat. Protect yourself from these elements before heading out. With our wonderful sun out these days, follows these simple tips: