Tata’s approach to antiaging is a good one: start young, and be holistic about it. That is, start taking your health seriously as soon as you’re old enough to make those decisions for yourself, and treat wellness and antiaging as a system that includes most elements in your life. Exercise is one of those central health tenets: the benefits, generally speaking, can really not be overstated.
Here, we thought we’d focus on how exercise can help keep us young. Don’t have a regular exercise routine, or not sure how to start incorporating it into daily life? There are so many helpful resources out there for learning what approach to exercise is right for you – but in the mean time, check out this post we did earlier this year about how Yoga is beneficial for our skin’s health (and therefore longevity), plus 4 poses that are especially good for promoting glowing skin.
So, how can exercise keep us looking and feeling young? Read on:
1. According to a study published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “exercise reduced or eliminated almost every detrimental effect of aging in mice that had been genetically programmed to grow old at an accelerated pace.” Well, that’s mice of course – but the results of this study were fascinating, because regular vigorous exercise (the mice ran a lot) prevented them from going gray, losing hair, losing muscle volume, and even kept their heart from becoming enlarged and their brains from shrinking. The mice that exercised still had healthy hair volume, strong muscles, healthy hearts and brains that were robust and . The study’s conclusion: “Exercise alters the course of aging.” From the New York Times.
2. Stress is one of the leading causes of premature aging, so use exercise’s powerful stress-reducing effects to your benefit! Exercise pumps up up with endorphins, our brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters that flood us with the feeling of a happy high. Deep into a workout and immediately after, you’ll realize your stresses and cares feel miles away. Focusing on the task at hand is an excellent strategy for helping your mind move past its sources of stress and activate new areas of the brain. Lastly, regular exercise helps reduce depression and anxiety, while helping promote healthy sleep – all essential for controlling stress.
3. Having healthy circulation is key for healthy skin– our dermis looks most radiant and when it is replenished regularly with fresh blood and oxygen. A good workout gets your blood pumping fast through your body, which helps speed up it’s natural detoxifying process and improves the efficiency of distribution of nutrients, minerals and oxygen throughout your skin, which in turn reduces degeneration and loss of collagen structure.
4. Bodies with a higher muscle to fat ratio burn more calories at rest. As we age, weight gain can become more and more difficult to control; start out on the right foot by keeping your body strong. Plus, maintaining healthy toned muscle throughout your body can help reduce the sagging effects of the skin.
5. Energy! Burning energy by exercising regularly actually helps boost your long-term energy stores, and those that exercise regularly, compared to inactive people, are less likely to get tired throughout the day or winded by a brief workout. A solid dose of exercise during a day can reinvigorate your mind, body and spirit thanks to the rush of oxygen, increased blood flow, boost of happiness endorphins and burst of self-confidence and pride.
What’s your approach to finding time to fit in regular exercise? Have you seen any benefits from creating a healthy workout routine for yourself?
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.